When a home-grown player goes on to do big things for club and country it inspires future generations to emulate their idols. We take a look back at six A-League players who have truly made it.

Robbie Kruse (Brisbane Roar & Melbourne Victory)

Often a scapegoat for the Socceroos occasional mediocre performance under Ange Postecoglou, Kruse has forged a respectable career abroad in Germany and China after serving both Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory. With 60 Australia caps to his name, the 29-year-old winger will head to Russia as one of our most experienced pros.

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Mile Jedinak (Central Coast Mariners)

The inspirational leader of the Socceroos crafted his trade for three seasons in Gosford helping the Mariners claim the 2007-08 A-League Premiership.  Successful stints in Turkey with Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor paved the way for a dream move to Crystal Palace where Jedinak won promotion in 2013. The 73-cap Socceroo went on to make 173 appearances for the Eagles including captaining an FA cup final before moving to current club Aston Villa.

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Mathew Ryan (Central Coast Mariners)

Another product of the Central Coast, Ryan’s exuberant shot-stopping abilities caught the eye at an early age with the Australia number one venturing into Europe. After impressing in Belgium and Spain the 25-year-old was purchased by Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion where he starts ahead of Dutch International Tim Krul.

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Mathew Leckie (Adelaide United)

Pace, strength and no nonsense aggression on the ball are traits that earned Leckie an initial two-year contract as a teenager at Adelaide United.  The versatile winger excelled in senior football in the the A-League and was picked up by Borussia Mönchengladbach after just two seasons.  Approaching 50 caps for Australia, Leckie has become an integral part of the Socceroos set-up and played and instrumental role the national sides successful Asian Cup campaign in 2015. Still in the Bundesliga at Hertha BSC, come June the 27-year-old will be one of Bart van Marwijk’s most important players.

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Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers & Melbourne City)

Arguably Australia’s best player right now, the ball playing midfielder has impressed immensely in his first year in the English Premier League with Huddersfield. His abilities were ever-present in the A-League and his final two seasons with Melbourne City produced some of the most dominant and dictating performances the league has ever seen. A move to world footballing mega-house Manchester City followed before a club-record transfer to Huddersfield was secured last year.

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Tom Rogic (Central Coast Mariners)

Plucked from the Nike football academy, Tom Rogic spent two eventful years at the Mariners claiming an A-League Championship and Premiership. The elegant midfielder showed such promise that Scottish footballing giants Celtic came calling giving the boy form Griffith a chance to play in the Champions League. Although plagued by injuries, Rogic has amassed 116 appearances for the hoops with appearances in the Champions League and Europa League surely among his highlights.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.