Goalscorer Grant treasuring Socceroos 'adventure' abroad
There was plenty of sacrifice behind Rhyan Grant's decision to spend two months abroad with the Socceroos; but after back-to-back wins and a first international goal, his decision has certainly paid off.
Grant's 43rd-minute header proved the difference for Australia as they overcame Vietnam in tricky conditions away from home on Tuesday night.
As the sole A-League player selected in September's squad, quarantine restrictions in Australia means that the Sydney FC defender remain abroad for the next few weeks before linking back up with the national team ahead of next month's qualifiers.
While coach Graham Arnold revealed post-game that Grant personally shared doubts about his match-fitness - two full shifts and a match winning goal later - the coach's faith in his fullback's ability shone through.
"I just snuck in at the back post," Grant said, recalling how his maiden international goal unfolded,"Ajdin put in a nice cross for me."
I didn't know whether to square it or go for goal but I just went for glory in the end, and lucky it snuck in at the far post."
While the performance and scoreline may not have been as comprehensive as last week's impressive win over China, Grant was pleased that the Socceroos managed to add another victory to their tally.
"It's always difficult when you're trying to qualify for a World Cup," he said.
"To come here it was a tough game, but we got the three points I think that's the most important thing. Getting the points every game is the most important thing, it was a bit more difficult than we wanted it."
Moving forward Grant will focus on maintaining and building his fitness levels ahead of October's meetings with Oman and Japan.
"I'm going to be staying overseas, just ticking over and staying fit," he shared.
It's a pretty quick turnaround between these windows so I've got I think, three weeks, or just stand up to keep fit and keep training and looking forward to changing it up and having an adventure and seeing what happens.