Potential Socceroos from the A-League: Part I

Today we take a look at players from Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United, who could be considered for a place in Holger Osieck's side against Saudi Arabia.

With the Qantas Socceroos next battle with Saudi Arabia just around the corner on 29 February at AAMI Park, we thought it was time to profile some of the Hyundai A-League stars in contention for selection.

With Australia-s path to the next stage of qualification already assured and top of the group also locked away there is the chance Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck may pick plenty of players from the Hyundai A-League to give them an opportunity to shine in the green and gold of the national side.

With that in mind today we are taking a look at players from Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners who may just be in the hunt for Qantas Socceroos jerseys.

Central Coast Mariners Bernie Ibini (Striker): The Mariners striker may be young (19-years-old) but he certainly is a chance of playing a big part in the future of the Qantas Socceroos.

Bernie already has six Qantas Young Socceroos caps to his name and has scored one goal in those games. His key assets are his pace and skill on the ball and if he is allowed to run at defenders he can cause plenty of problems for opposing sides.

He has scored just four goals thus far for the Mariners this season, but as the new leading man along with Adam Kwasnik that number can be expected to rise.

Mustafa Amini (Midfielder): On loan from German giants Borussia Dortmund until the end of this season, the 18-year-old Mariner appears to have a big future in the game.

His talent is beyond question, but sometimes it appears his application may not always be at the same level, regardless of that his talent is obvious, especially when he is on the ball and when he combines with Bernie Ibini the Mariners look at their best.

A Qantas Socceroos jersey might not be far away for the 18-year-old prodigy.

Josh Rose (Defender): The marauding left back has been impressive this year for the Mariners, moving the ball forward and creating an extra attacking option but has also proven himself to be resolute in defence.

Strong both on the ball and in the air and blessed with an ability to read the play, he may not look out of place in a Socceroos jersey.

Rostyn Griffiths (Defender): A talented player, Griffiths has come into his own of late for the Mariners and has plenty of experience in Australia and overseas to bring to the national side.

While he is solid in defence his biggest asset may be his precise passing game and willingess to take on rival players when the ball is at his feet.

Mat Ryan (Goalkeeper): The Mariners keeper is dominating the A-League at the minute, we-ve already analysed the keepers though, to read our thoughts click here.

Adelaide United Dario Vidosic (Midfielder): The 24-year-old midfielder-come-striker is one who has experience in the national side and has made 14 appearances for the Qantas Socceroos since debuting in 2009.

He has bagged one goal at international level but it-s his ability to create opportunities for his teammates that will make him an asset for the Qantas Socceroos for years to come.

Daniel Mullen (Defender): Just as strong in the air as club teammate Jon McKain, Mullen has a fine pedigree and is the son of former Socceroo Joe Mullen, to date the Adelaide right back has made one appearance for the Qantas Socceroos against Kuwait in Canberra, back in 2009 and will be looking to add to that tally.

Mullen is also a member of the current Qantas Australian Under 23s squad and looks to be a reliable choice for the future.

Eugene Galekovic (Goalkeeper): Galekovic has plenty of big-game experience under his belt and is an imposing force between the sticks, to read more about his chances click here.

Brisbane Roar

Mitch Nichols (Midfielder): The Qantas Australian Under 23s Vice-Captain has had quite the past two seasons for the Roar with his ability to score goals and make incisive runs coming to the fore, especially when Thomas Broich was out with injury.

Blessed with plenty of pace and an ability to both create and score goals, it-s almost a matter of when rather than if Nichols becomes a permanent fixture on the national scene.

This season he has been in great form for the Roar, scoring six goals and providing three goal assists to stamp himself as a major attacking threat in the A-League.

Nichols has also scored two goals for the Under 23s and made his Socceroos debut back in 2009 against Kuwait in a 1-0 loss.

Erik Paartalu (Midfielder): The tall midfielder possesses a fluent passing game but most importantly has plenty of size and strength about him and is not afraid to throw his weight around.

Though he hasn-t received a call-up to the Qantas Socceroos before, the current Hyundai A-League season has seen him show good form week-in-week-out and a happy knack of scoring crucial goals and taking chances when required.

Possessing a level head he might just be a bolter for Osieck-s squad.

Michael Theoklitos (Goalkeeper): The current Keeper of the Year for the A-League is experienced and would be ready to step into the No1 jersey for the Socceroos, to read more on his chances click here.

Think we missed anyone from these three clubs, or want to have your say on who you think deserves a start? Then leave a comment below