Australian national team coach Holger Osieck says he will be watching Sundayâ€™s A-League Grand Final with vested interest.
Mariners trio Oliver Bozanic, Mustafa Amini and Mathew Ryan as well as Roarâ€™s attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols will all be on Osieckâ€™s radar and he says a game such as this can do plenty for a playerâ€™s development.
"Playing in a final like this, with a lot of pressure, at a young age will only benefit them," he told the Daily Telegraph. "It's a matter of nerves, or more exactly how you keep your nerves.
"Playing in such a game, with such a crowd, will be a great learning experience for them. Over the season both teams deserve to be in the final - I like their style, they try to play productive football. That's the kind of football I like to see.
"I've seen a lot of exciting games this year in the A-League, the quality is good with some very good players."
Osieck has already been a great backer of the domestic league, unlike his predecessor Pim Verbeek, and indicated that some of the players from the A-League will be making up his squad to face home country Germany in a friendly at the end of the month.
"We have a succession plan in place [for the Socceroos] but it's very much for the medium or long term," he added.
"Maybe some of the [potential new] players are not 100 per cent ready yet. In two years' time they have to be.
"I can get a great idea of the fringe Socceroos from the camp. But I'd like to have my best players available.
"The top players were away for a long time [at the Asian Cup] and I don't want to over-stress the relationship [with the clubs].
"Sometimes it can be hard to get them released, but so far so good."