Eyeing an A-League return, Matthew Foschini knows the longer Oakleigh Cannons' FFA Cup run goes, the better his chances.
The former Melbourne Victory defender spent time in India after departing the A-League club, before his return to Victoria.
Foschini made over 40 league appearances for Victory, but the former Olyroo has battled to fight back into the professional environment in Australia.
The 24-year-old, whose Cannons take on Hume City in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night, said the cup had given him a chance to shine.
"You're on the national stage,” Foschini said.
“I don't know any A-League coaches that would come down to a normal league, NPL (Victoria) game, so the FFA Cup gives me especially a chance to be on the national stage again," Foschini told FourFourTwo.
"And if I perform, no doubt the right people are watching and it definitely gives me a better chance to progress and get to the next level again.
"For myself, the fact we've been able to go on this cup run, first and foremost as a team, is great, but on a side note, as an individual, it definitely helps my chances of taking the next step."
Foschini made six NPL Victoria appearances for the Cannons this season, having joined around the halfway point after a torn adductor.
He is hungry for a return to the A-League and believes he has what it takes to contribute.
"Long-term goals are definitely to find a professional contract," Foschini said.
"I feel that I still have a lot to offer at a professional level, whether that be in Australia or abroad.
"I really enjoyed my time at Melbourne Victory and it was cut short there and I would really love to get another shot at the A-League.
"I think that I'm good enough and have a lot to offer but football is a game of opportunities and if the right one were to come up I'd definitely take it with both hands.
"I'm not done yet, I still have the burning desire to be a professional and do my best day in, day out, wherever that may be."
After a disappointing 11th-place finish in the league, Foschini said the cup was a chance at redemption for the Cannons.
"Our league season wasn't the best, we finished nowhere near where we wanted to and to put that behind us and go on a positive cup run and kind of forget about the NPL season, it's been a blessing for us," he said.
"Usually come the end of the season it could work against us, but in our case we've had a poor season and the cup has been a blessing for us.
"We're in the final eight and anything can happen from here."