There's something in the water at Sydney FC's academy, or it could be the nous of youth coach Rob Stanton.
Aussie MF Cameron Watson was surprised when he faced up to ex-Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant in his debut for India's Bengaluru in the AFC Cup.
Adelaide United have secured fringe Socceroo midfielder James Holland for the upcoming A-League season.
ESPN FC's Argentina correspondent, Sam Kelly, gives A-League fans the lowdown on what to expect from Melbourne City's new recruit, Nicolas Colazo.
They're yet to make their first FFA Cup semifinal appearance but Sydney FC already have their eyes on bigger prizes this season.
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has savaged standards of European football, declaring the A-League to be as good as many overseas leagues.