Midfielder Mile Jedinak
- Height 189cm
- Weight 81kg
- D.O.B. 3/8/84
- Born Sydney
Club: Aston Villa
Previous clubs: Sydney United 58, NK Varazdin (loan), South Coast United (loan), Central Coast Mariners, Genclerbirligi, Antalyaspor (loan), Crystal Palace
Caltex Socceroos cap number: 509
Debut: 22/03/2008 v Singapore
Now the Caltex Socceroos' captain and midfield rock, Jedinak had to wait until he was 22 for a chance to play professional football with Central Coast Mariners.
He blossomed in Gosford and secured a move to Turkish club Genclerbirligi in January 2009, while a loan spell at fellow Super Lig outfit Antalyaspor helped him earn a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
Jedinak used the tournament as a springboard to a career-making move to Crystal Palace. He soon took on the armband at Selhurst Park, led the club to promotion back to the Premier League and remains a revered figure with supporters.
After three impressive seasons in the top-flight, the domineering midfielder dropped down a division to strengthen Aston Villa's own bid to escape the Championship.
Best Caltex Socceroos moment:
Jedinak, who made a lone appearance in 2010, captained his country to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring from the spot in the 3-2 defeat to Netherlands in the group stage.
The tough-tackling veteran also provided a cool head in skippering the Caltex Socceroos to AFC Asian Cup glory on home soil in 2015.
Hyundai A-League connection:
Jedinak made his name across three seasons with the Mariners, earning his first Australia cap while still playing in the Hyundai A-League.
Did you know?
The hat-trick Jedinak scored against Honduras that sent Australia to Russia was the first treble of his career.
World Cup 2018
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