BUNDABERG'S Josh Brillante cemented his position in the Young Socceroos with a strong performance in the team's recent AFC Under-19 Championship qualification campaign in Malaysia.
The utility player started in three of the squad's four match-ups, playing a crucial role in the defeat of Asian powerhouses Singapore, Indonesia and China in the four-day competition at MBPJ Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Brillante will now be held in good regard for selection in the Young Socceroos squad to compete in the 2013 U20 FIFA World Cup. The appearance capped off a successful year for the 18-year-old, which has included a two-year contract with A-League team Gold Coast United.
The former Across The Waves campaigner has served as right fullback in his first season with the team and is its youngest player.
His father and former Waves football vice-president John said his old club was firmly behind him in his burgeoning A-League career. "The club as a whole is very proud of him," he said.
"Josh worked extremely hard as a junior and now that he's starting to play overseas he is starting to get some exposure."
In 2008, Brillante served in Across The Waves' premiership team and represented Bundaberg with the Spirit in the Queensland State League competition.
He was chosen in the Queensland Academy of Sport team to contest the state league in 2009 and then recruited by Gold Coast United to play in its U-21 National Youth League team.
Brillante's brothers Jack plays with Bundaberg Spirit and his other brother Jacob is a seasoned Across The Waves campaigner in the Football Bundaberg competition.
The trio's football-mad older sister Bridgette spends her weekends split between Bundaberg's premier league, the state league and A-League as a vocal supporter of her brothers.