Martin Boyle says he’s “extremely honoured” to be selected for a Caltex Socceroos training camp next week and hopes to grab the opportunity to represent Australia with both hands.
The 25-year-old winger – a teammate of Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Scottish side Hibernian – was selected in Graham Arnold’s 25-man squad on Friday.
A youth international with Scotland, Boyle needs international clearance before he can play for the Caltex Socceroos.
He’ll take part in a week-long training camp in the UAE next week but isn’t eligible for the friendly match against Kuwait on October 16 (AEST).
Boyle is eligible to play for the Caltex Socceroos as his father was born in Australia.
“It’s part of the heritage, we spoke about it growing up,” Boyle told Hibs TV.
“Coming through the Montrose’s and Dundee’s, we never thought this opportunity would come but I’ve knuckled down and worked hard and the opportunity has finally come.
“The family are delighted and hopefully I can grab it with two hands.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m extremely honoured, it’s a great achievement by myself.”
Boyle will have a familiar face in camp with him in the UAE, with Hibs teammate Mark Milligan also in Arnold’s 25-man squad.
But a back injury means Maclaren wasn’t included.
The speedy winger revealed a meeting with Arnold and Hibs manager Neil Lennon last month was the catalyst for his selection in this camp.
“I had a meeting with him (Arnold) and the gaffer (Lennon) and he seemed really keen to have me on board. And likewise, I was expressing my interest,” Boyle explained.
“(Arnold) said I’d fit into the system well, the lads are great and it’s a good opportunity for myself. It was good to have that face-to-face chat with him.
“I’ve been chatting (with Milligan and Maclaren) for months now, just on knowing what to expect,” Boyle added.
“They’ve talked about how much they love it. Hopefully I’ll fit in well and Mark [Milligan] takes it easy on me over there.”
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