It's a dilemma many young players face - earn a big pay packet by sitting on the bench at a big club, or drop down a level and play regularly?
Michael Lynch in Perth Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan will be missing when the Socceroos take on Bangladesh and Tajikistan in World Cup qualifiers this week after hurting his knee.
Michael Lynch Australia may have won the Asian Cup earlier this year, but there is no room for sentiment or resting on those laurels on the road to Russia, key defender Matthew Spiranovic insists.
Michael Lynch To truly be Australia's team, a team has to play all over the country.
Michael Lynch If anyone joining the Socceroo squad in Perth this week is in good spirits it should be the man who could become the national team's creative fulcrum, Tom Rogic.
Michael Lynch A star team, it is said, will always beat a team of stars. Which is just as well for the Socceroos.
Lee Gaskin Canberra product Tom Rogic has continued his resurgence ahead of his Socceroos recall with a cracking individual goal for his Scottish club Celtic.
Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has been forced to reshuffle his pack for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers after three key players, including skipper Mile Jedinak, withdrew from the party for the matches against Bangladesh and Tajikistan through injury.
Michael Lynch For Mile Jedinak, the injured Socceroos skipper, 2015 has been a mixed bag, bringing the best of times and, if not quite the worst of times, then periods he might prefer to forget.
Samantha Lane EXCLUSIVE Chief executives of Australia's top sports have been told their organisations are still viewed as "boys clubs" where so-called masculine qualities are seen as necessary.