Adelaide's Batman and Robin
One of them has an exotic African background, was born in the United States and once had trials in the Bundesliga. The other comes from a small farming town west of Sydney, is a keen Arsenal supporter but has been compared to Liverpool's Harry Kewell.
Q: Bruce and Nathan, welcome to Soccernet. Despite your diverse backgrounds, you've become quite a strike force for both Adelaide United in the A-League and the Olyroos. When did your partnership first begin and how do your different skills complement each other? Bruce: At the NSW Institute Of Sport at the age of 15. Burnsy is small and quick, and I am big and strong. Nathan: Same place but I was 14. Bruce has got strength which I don't have, but I have more agility. Q: How has the influence of former Socceroos strikers Aurelio Vidmar and John Kosmina - coaches present and past at Adelaide United - impacted on your development? Bruce: Kossie gave me the opportunity and brought me to Adelaide United and because he played a similar position to me as a target man he was able to teach me a lot. Viddie has spent a lot of time with me working on my finishing and timing of my runs and that has helped me a lot in scoring goals. Nathan: Viddie is a modern coach with many new school ideas and he has helped me a lot in developing my game. Kossie originally got me down here and gave me the opportunity which we are both very grateful for. Q: A handful of international defenders have returned to the A-League of late - how have you enjoyed the challenge of facing up to the likes of Craig Moore, Tony Vidmar and Tony Popovic? Bruce: I have so much respect for these players and what they've achieved in their careers but when I'm on the field and come up against them I look forward to facing them and challenging myself against some of the best defenders Australia has produced. Nathan: Yes, it's a good challenge. They've played at the highest level and because they have played in such big leagues as a young player it is exciting to come up against the likes of such great experienced players. Q: Nathan, you were capped for the Socceroos in a pre-Asian Cup friendly against Singapore in June. How was that experience and what do you make of the comparisons with Harry Kewell? What an honour it was to play for my country at that level at such a young age, and alongside so many of my childhood heroes: these guys I watched and respected my whole childhood. I take the comparison as a compliment but there is only one Harry Kewell and I've still got a long way to go to achieve anything that he's achieved throughout his career. Q: Bruce, you could have played for Togo or the Ivory Coast - or even the USA which is where you were born. Why did you choose to represent Australia and who's your role model as a striker? I was selected to play for Australia and I was not asked by any of the other countries to represent them. Therefore I have played and been very honoured to represent my country at various levels. As a striker I have two role models: Mark Viduka of Newcastle United and Didier Drogba from Chelsea Q: How did the success of the Socceroos at Germany 2006 affect your long-term career goals and is making the squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers a realistic ambition for you both? Bruce: The World Cup success of the Socceroos gave me as a young upcoming player a lot of hope and it has helped everyone in the fact that now countries of a 'high' stature, Italy and Argentina now show Australian football more respect and the respect we deserve. I think the 2010 World Cup qualifiers is a realistic goal as long as I keep working hard and focused anything is possible especially in football. Nathan: It was great to see Australia doing so well in Germany , watching them from here in Australia has given me the ambition and motivation to hopefully be a part of that experience in 2010. Q: Many senior Socceroo players have retired or are thinking about giving the game away. You've both played in several of Australia 's junior teams... what's the next generation like, quality-wise? Bruce: I think the players coming up are of a good quality. We all have a lot of work to do to achieve what we dream but I think the players are all on the right track. The quality of players is reflected in some of the youngsters who have transferred to overseas clubs, like Spiranovic and Vidosic at Nurenburg and Adrian Leijer who just went to Fulham.