EuROOvision 2016-17 wrapup – UK

EuROOvision 2016-17 wrapup – UK

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The 2016-17 season saw our Socceroo talent branching out into areas of Europe that had been previously uncharted, but British football remained a staple for Aussies abroad.

Disappointingly, Tom Rogic‘s season with Celtic was again interrupted by injury but he fought fit late in the season. The Canberran scored the winning goal in the Bhoys’ 2-1 Scottish Cup final win over Aberdeen, capping off their invincible campaign.

Socceroos ready: Yes

Elsewhere in Scotland, Ryan Edwards made strides towards earning his first senior Australia cap in an impressive season with Partick Thistle, marked by a Player of the Month gong for December. The 23-year-old was handed a callup to an extended Socceroos squad by Ange Postecoglou but did not make the final grade.

Socceroos ready: Yes

Scott McDonald was a regular for Motherwell in the 2016-17 season, registering 11 goals and six assists in all competitions. The striker opted not to extend his contract at the club next season, renewing rumours of a move to the A-League.

Socceroos ready: No, limited by age

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The season just gone was nothing short of a disaster for Alex Cisak and Leyton Orient. Amid a managerial merry-go-round at the Os, the goalkeeper was unceremoniously dropped from the first team and the club’s stay in the Football League, spanning more than a century, ended with dire relegation.

Socceroos ready: No

Mudgee product Aaron Downes narrowly survived in League Two with Cheltenham Town, for whom he made 20 appearances during the 2016-17 season. Missed much of the middle part of the season.

Socceroos ready: No

Danijel Nizic made five League Two appearances for Morecambe after he left Burnley at the start of the season. He kept one clean sheet in a total of 450 minutes.

Socceroos ready: No

Young Fulham defender Cameron Burgess played for two different loan sides during the season, Oldham Athletic and Bury. In those two spells he racked up 41 appearances and helped save the Shakers from relegation. Should not be considered for national selection until he finds continuity at club level.

Socceroos ready: No 

Bradden Inman was in and out of the starting XI at Peterborough United, making only 11 appearances for the season and totalling 542 minutes. Three assists knock up his grade.

Socceroos ready: No

Twenty-nine-year-old James Meredith enjoyed a brilliant season on a personal level with Bradford City, getting a total of 4,242 minutes under his belt in all competitions. The Bantams fell at the final hurdle in their quest for promotion, but versatile Meredith will play Championship football for their conquerors Millwall next season.

Socceroos ready: Yes

Chris Herd‘s season was nothing short of strange. After backflipping on a deal to return to Australia with Perth Glory, the 28-year-old penned a contract back in the UK with Gillingham. He missed a portion of the campaign with injury and was released at its end.

Socceroos ready: No

Brisbane boy Aiden O’Neill played three Premier League matches for Burnley before being farmed out on loan to Oldham Athletic in January, where he made 15 appearances and registered an assist. At 18, there is plenty to work with for both the Clarets and the Socceeroos.

Socceroos ready: Not yet

A sickening head injury in early 2017 scuppered what was a fairly fruitful season for Andy Rose until then, making 21 appearances for Coventry City. The midfielder is a free agent after leaving the embattled club, relegated to League Two.

Socceroos ready: No

Callum Elder spent the entirety of the 2016-17 season away from parent club Leicester City, first with Brentford and then Barnsley. Elder, 22, made only 11 appearances in the Championship in a campaign that was hampered by injuries. He has two years left to run on his contract with the Foxes.

Socceroos ready: No

Elder played in the company of Ryan Williams, who spent two seasons at Barnsley before his release at the end of the season. He made 16 appearances for the season and scored one goal.

Socceroos ready: No

Jackson Irvine was arguably the most in-form Socceroo anywhere in the world. The versatile midfielder added another string to his bow after his landmark signing with Burton Albion, playing higher up the pitch on the Brewers’ path to safety. Forty-two Championship appearances and 10 goals have entrenched him as a Socceroos regular.

Socceroos ready: Yes

Massimo Luongo was a regular with QPR throughout much of the campaign but it was not without it’s stumbling blocks, deployed in a different position by ex-boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and benched for nearly a month later in the campaign. Worked his way back in under Ian Holloway and signed a contract keeping him at Loftus Road until 2020.

Socceroos ready: Yes

What really needs to be said about Aaron Mooy and his season with Huddersfield Town? It was remarkable both personally and a team level, capped off with Premier League promotion for the first time in the club’s history. Mooy swept award after award, including the Terriers’ Player of the Season.

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Socceroos ready: Yes

Captain Mile Jedinak rediscovered his mojo under Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, though his season suffered a setback through injury concerns. Nevertheless he was still a favourite of the former Hull City boss and is a safe bet for more minutes in Birmingham.

Socceroos ready: Yes

A mid-season move from Preston North End to Bristol City did little to derail Bailey Wright‘s continuity at club level; in fact, it could easily be argued Ashton Gate was a more productive home for the defender. Twenty-four total starts and one goal for the Robins helped them stave off an imminent relegation threat.

Socceroos ready: Yes 

Adam Federici‘s season at AFC Bournemouth was totally wrecked by injury, resulting in only five appearances for the Cherries in all competitions. His misfortune has allowed Danny Vukovic to jump ahead of him in the goalkeeping pecking order at international level.

Socceroos ready: Yes

Federici’s Bournemouth teammate Brad Smith was much less convincing despite enjoying a relatively injury-free season. The left-back made just eight appearances across all competitions, but a lack of options in his position keep him in the national team frame.

Socceroos ready: Realistically, no

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