Matthew Spiranovic inks new deal at Western Sydney
The 25-year-old enjoyed a standout season in the A-League and barring a disaster should be in Ange Postecoglou's first XI for the Socceroos' opening World Cup game against Chile.
After joining the club from Al Arabi Qatar in October last year, Spiranovic made 18 appearances in the A-League and almost led his side to glory with the opening goal in the grand final against Brisbane Roar.
He also played a major role in helping the club reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League.
He attributes his success to his decision to come back to Australia and was full of praise for Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.
"Coming back to Australia and signing for the Wanderers was definitely the right football decision for me," said Spiranovic.
"I had other options overseas and in Australia but what swayed me was the culture that Popa has installed at the club. Not even a year has passed and Popa and his staff have me back to full fitness for the first time in a couple years.
"While clubs from Europe and Asia were calling, as a player, you always want to be playing in the big games against the best teams. By signing with the Wanderers I know I will get the opportunity to do that and continue to improve my football.
"The club, the fans and this playing environment has been fantastic for me and I look forward to the opportunities in front of us."
Spiranovic is currently in Gosford training with the Socceroos as he prepares for his first World Cup.