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Scotland a launch-pad for young 'Roos

Socceroos fullback Nathaniel Atkinson firmly believes a brand new era of Australian expertise has the right launch-pad for European careers in Scotland.

Ex-Melbourne Metropolis defender Atkinson, 22, moved to Edinburgh-based Hearts in January and has made an on the spot affect in his first few months because the Jambos completed third behind Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers.

With fellow Australian Cameron Devlin additionally at Tynecastle, the pair shall be joined by one other Socceroo in Kye Rowles subsequent season after the 23-year-old centre-back’s transfer from Central Coast on a three-year deal was confirmed on Thursday.

One other former Mariner, fullback Lewis Miller, can also be becoming a member of cross-town rivals Hibernian.

With Ange Postecoglou having coached Celtic to the title in his first season with the membership, Atkinson says life is nice for Australian footballers in Scotland.

“It is all the time a bonus when a workforce clearly needs to purchase you and convey you over as a substitute of simply going over there and looking for a membership and begin your journey there,” Atkinson instructed AAP.

“I’ve all the time stated this earlier than, that we have all the time bought the expertise in Australia. It is simply the pathways and I imply, clearly coming from Tasmania, it was an extended, lengthy street to get to the place I’m immediately.

“With the place the A-League is in the intervening time, there’s numerous younger gamers coming by way of and groups are all the time going to be the younger gamers than the older gamers Australia’s producing in the intervening time.

“If we maintain enjoying nicely it is going to open the door for different Australians.”

Australians making their means in Scottish soccer has an extended historical past, from Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar at Rangers by way of to Scott McDonald and Mark Viduka at Celtic.

Even present Socceroos Jackson Irvine and Aaron Mooy spent formative elements of their careers within the nation.

Rowles, who made his first aggressive begin for Australia in Tuesday’s (Weds AEST) 2-1 play-off win over the United Arab Emirates in Qatar, is happy to turn into the newest to affix that checklist.

“The Scottish league is certainly very enticing to Australian boys that need to take that subsequent step and actually take a look at themselves out over in a European nation,” Rowles instructed AAP.

“There’s loads of alternative.

“There’s a number of of us boys headed over there and hopefully we are able to pave the best way for extra youthful Aussies as nicely.

“It is undoubtedly going to be a tradition change and the extent goes to be so much larger however I am simply excited for a brand new problem, and I can not wait to get began.”

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