Milligan excited by Caltex Socceroos' intent to attack

Mark Milligan is convinced Caltex Socceroos fans can look forward to an era of exciting and attacking football under Graham Arnold.

Arnold's reign begun with last month's 4-0 victory over Kuwait and continues with Saturday's Suncorp Stadium clash with Korea Republic, while Lebanon visit ANZ Stadium on Tuesday.

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Those who didn't get up in the early hours to watch the Kuwait win might be wondering what to expect, and Milligan insists fans will not be disappointed.

“We’re going to playing a bit different," he said. "Arnie [Graham Arnold] has his way of playing and I think the focus isn’t just going to be on the front one or the front two.

“I think our overall way of playing is going to help us score goals and I think you saw the beginning of that against Kuwait a month ago.

“I think we’ve got a lot of a young and exciting players. I think Awer [Mabil] was excellent last game and at club level he’s been fantastic.

"Tommy [Rogic] has been doing what Tommy does in Scotland, scoring goals against my team and each week.

“We’ve got a lot of attacking weapons, with Jamie [Maclaren] and with Boyley [Martin Boyle] coming in as well.

“I think there’s a lot there to be excited for and there’s a lot there for the public to be excited by.

“As I say we’ve been doing a lot of work on going forward and scoring goals.

“I think Bert [van Marwijk] gave us a good base defensively. Obviously Arnie is fine tuning that but I think going forward it is going to be exciting to watch.”

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One player some Caltex Socceroos fans will be getting their first glimpse of is Milligan's Hibernian teammate Martin Boyle.

When asked what should be expected of the 25-year-old winger, Milligan insisted Boyle would a valuable addition to Arnold's attacking options.

“He’s an exciting player," Milligan added. "He’s been scoring goals for us and he’s very positive, very fast and looks to get in behind.

"I think Boyley will add another dimension to what we do going forward.

“The way that Arnie wants to play, in getting forward and the rotations he wants to use, I think Boyley will fit in quite well and I think he’ll a threat to anyone we play, whether that be across Asia or Europe."