Transfer news: 'SPFL good stepping stone' says Aussie

Olyroo attacker Ryan Edwards is hoping his move to Scottish outfit Partick Thistle is the start of a boom in his club and international career.

Edwards has been on the lookout for a new club ever since being released by English Championship side Reading at the end of last season.

And the Australian Under-23 international has finally found a new home, linking with Alan Archibald's Jags for the rest of this campaign. 

With his future now settled, the 21-year-old former Perth Glory man now wants to play regularly at club level to help boost his international hopes.

"The senior national team and the Under-23s have said as long as you're playing for your club and doing well you're in with a shout," Edwards told the club’s website said.

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"I owe it to the Under-23s manager [Aurelio Vidmar] for picking me for the last two camps without a club and that's definitely helped me get my move.

"So I'm appreciative of that, but finding a club now and playing for Partick Thistle will definitely help me in international games."

Edwards is the latest in a number of Aussies to have found a home in Scotland.

Young gun Tom Rogic has been doing great things with Celtic, Jackson Irvine is making quite an impression with Ross County, while Ryan McGowan and Adam Taggart are both at Dundee United.

Edwards’ father Alistair Edwards also has ties to the country, playing for Rangers back in 1987.

"With my dad having played for Rangers I always had a feeling that I wanted to come to Scotland and play here,” he said.

"I've spoken to Jackson Irvine at Ross County - I'm close with him. Adam Taggart's just moved to Dundee United as well and Celtic's Tom Rogic I've known for a number of years.

"It's a good stepping stone, I'm going to be a Scottish Premiership player. I had a period of time where I was without a club and wondering where I was going to next.

"It's just a matter of getting into the first team, do well for Partick Thistle and hopefully either stay here for longer or move to the next big thing."
Edwards joins the Jags ahead of Saturday's league game against Motherwell at Fir Park.