From the King to Killa, overseas-born Aussies were the flavour of the Hyundai A-League in Round 26.
Get an insight into their exploits and more in our latest Local Aussies wrap as we shine a light on some of the best-performing domestic talents.
Two games, two goals and 'King Kenny' is flying at Melbourne Victory.
The Sudanese-born striker enhanced his growing fan base with a match-turning performance in Victory's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix.
Buoyed his maiden AFC Champions League goal in midweek, Athiu came off the bench at AAMI Park to rescue a handy result, drawing a penalty for the hosts' equaliser before a commanding close-range header sealed all three points.
Athiu, who earned a Hyundai A-League contract by lighting up the FFA Cup with Heidelberg United, has had to bide his time behind starting centre-forward Besart Berisha.
But coach Kevin Muscat praised the 25-year-old's dedication to lifting his level to a fully-professional environment.
"We shouldn't underestimate the difference in training and habits. Kenny has worked tirelessly," Muscat said.
"I'm really proud of him. He's offering something now."
Illustrating his rise from warehouse worker to Hyundai A-League danger man, Athiu explained in a post-match interview just how unusual his road to the top has been.
From King Kenny to Neil Kilkenny, who helped Kenny Lowe and Perth Glory secure a vital three points on Friday night.
The 32-year-old has been a revelation at Glory since joining the club from Melbourne City in January.
Indeed, his arrival has sparked a run back into top six contention that continued with an impressive 2-0 win away to Newcastle Jets on Friday night.
Kilkenny, who won the last of his 14 Caltex Socceroos caps in June 2012, proved his importance to Perth in the victory, leading the visitors in passes and recovering possession on 10 separate occasions.
"He's a good player. Good players make differences. The two lads [Kilkenny and Xavi Torres] in front of the back four were super," Glory boss Lowe said after the match.
Lowe will hope his midfield tiger can muffle Brisbane Roar when the two sides meet in a must-win match this Saturday night.
Every attacking star needs a supportive midfield and that's what Chris Ikonomidis had courtesy of Kearyn Baccus on Saturday.
The pair were pivotal to Western Sydney Wanderers' big win over Brisbane Roar, with the box-to-back Baccus setting the platform for his team-mate to grab the headlines.
Alongside younger brother Keanu, the elder Baccus was a rock in the heart of midfield as he made a game-high five tackles to go with four key passes, two shots, two clearances and an overall passing accuracy of 90.2 per cent.
The former U20 international has been in an out of Josep Gombau's side this season but looks ready for a big Finals Series, pending Wanderers' involvement.
Central Coast Mariners are preparing to farewell a club legend this weekend as veteran full-back Josh Rose laces up the boots for one final time.
The 36-year-old, who made over 100 appearances for Romanian outfit Universitatea Craiova prior to joining the Mariners, has been a fan favourite in Gosford for his whole-hearted desire across two stints with the club.
A Grand Final winner in 2012, Rose will undoubtedly be eager to leave the club with a parting gift in what promises to be an emotionally-charged F3 Derby on Saturday night.
But just as one says farewell, Central Coast could evidently have another Rose in their ranks in the near future.
'Enormous amount of progress' delights Caltex Socceroos star
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan said he was greatly encouraged by what he saw in Saturday evening’s 1-1 friendly draw with Korea Republic. Graham Arnold’s side controlled the contest but left it late, scoring a stoppage-time equaliser through Massimo Luongo at Suncorp St
Boyle: 'I want to give everything for this country'
New Caltex Socceroos forward Martin Boyle said he is desperate to repay the faith shown in him by coach Graham Arnold after making his Australia debut. Arnold visited Boyle in Scotland earlier this year to speak with the Hibernian man about pledging his allegiance to Australia
Caltex Socceroos skipper says late goal 'shows the character'
New Caltex Socceroos captain Mark Milligan said his side’s fighting spirit was perfectly displayed by Massimo Luongo’s late equaliser against Korea Republic. Luongo struck in stoppage time, tapping in from close range to secure Australia a 1-1 draw at Suncorp Stadium in Brisba
Luongo confident Caltex Socceroos will get 'even better'
Caltex Socceroos hero Massimo Luongo is convinced his side will get “even better” ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2019. Luongo stabbed home from close range to score an injury-time equaliser for the Caltex Socceroos in an exciting 1-1 friendly draw with Korea Republic on Satur