IN FORM: Sydney FC player Joshua Brillante at training this week.
IN FORM: Sydney FC player Joshua Brillante at training this week. PAUL MILLER

Brillante shines as Sydney win in FFA Cup

A LEADING football commentator believes Bundaberg's Josh Brillante is right in contention to play for the Socceroos again.

After Brillante impressed for Sydney FC in their 3-0 win over Blacktown City in the FFA Cup quarter finals, Fox Sports pundit Mark Rudan reckons he is right on the radar to play for Australia.

The former The Waves junior has made five appearances for the Socceroos, last playing in 2014.

Rudan said Brillante had made the perfect start to the season.

"It's a big season for him,” Rudan said.

"He is on the radar for Socceroos selection as he's been there a few years ago.”

"I think he's started off the season quite well.”

Playing in midfield for the Sky Blues, Brillante helped the team gain 60% of possession as he combined well with fellow midfielder Brandon O'Neill.

He also made the most tackles and distributed the most passes for the team in the contest.

Rudan said Brillante was getting on with his new team-mates.

"It was a very solid performance alongside O'Neill,” he said.

"I thought they combined with each other extremely well.”

Coach Graham Arnold told Fox Sports it was a good night out for the team, now into the semi-finals for the first time in the competition,

"At the end of the day it was a pleasing performance.”

The focus for the team will now be on the A-League, which starts on October 8 with a clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers.



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