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Postecoglou preparing for busy January

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Ben McKay

With key internationals facing make-or-break decisions over their club future, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says he's ready to help them find new homes.

But the national team boss isn't as worried as some by senior Australians missing out at club level.

Two starters in Australia's underwhelming 2-2 draw with Thailand are persona non grata when it comes to selection at their top-tier clubs.

Mat Ryan and Robbie Kruse are playing in two of the biggest leagues on the planet but can't get a look in on match days.

While left-back Brad Smith finally made his debut for Bournemouth in the English Premier League on (Monday AEDT) in his side's 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

Matt Spiranovic needs a new club or will be playing in the Chinese second division next year, while Mark Milligan's struggling Abu Dhabi-based side looks set for major upheaval.

Speaking from Kazan after the draw for the Confederations Cup pitted Australia against powerhouses Germany and Chile next June, Postecoglou said there was plenty of water to flow under the bridge until they were next in action for Australia.

"Football changes pretty quickly," he said.

"We're still in November. Our next game is in March. There's a lot of things that can change before now and then."

While Postecoglou professed to be relaxed about the prospect of his chargers, there's no doubting 2017 is a huge year for the national team.

The Socceroos play their decisive five World Cup qualifiers, beginning with a trip to the Middle East to face Iraq and a home tie with

United Arab Emirates in March.

Another home qualifier in June against Saudi Arabia precedes their Confederations Cup campaign in Russia.

Then comes the final two qualifiers; a trip to Japan to face the arch-enemy followed by a home clash with Thailand.

It's a footballing feast and Postecoglou wants everyone fit and ready.

"The players all understand we prefer them and want them to be playing regular football and that's what they want to do as well," he said.

"We'll monitor that closely and if we can help in any way we can we will.

"Ultimately it's in the players own hands to make decisions that are going to be best for their careers.

"Hopefully from our perspective hopefully all the boys come into the March games knowing we've got a big 12 months ahead of us, and are playing regularly."

STICK-OR-TWIST SOCCEROOS

* Mat Ryan (Valencia, Spain)

Australia's No.1 hasn't played a minute for his La Liga club since August.

* Brad Smith (Bournemouth, England)

The left-back has made one appearance for the club he joined on a reported four-year $10.5 million deal from Liverpool in July.

* Matt Spiranovic (Hangzhou, China)

Relegated with Hangzhou, the first-choice Socceroo centre-back will need a new club to avoid playing in the Chinese second division in 2017.

* Robbie Kruse (Leverkusen, Germany)

Doesn't even make the bench most weeks and yet to feature in the Bundesliga this season for the European Champions League-quality side.

* Terry Antonis (Pae Veria, Greece)

The fringe Socceroo midfielder is barely getting a look-in at struggling Greek side after an injury-plagued season and needs game-time.

* Mark Milligan (Bani Yas, UAE)

His Abu Dhabi-based club sits rock-bottom of the table, which could see ambitious owners ring changes.

* Ben Halloran (Heidenheim, Germany)

The 2014 World Cup attendee is on the outer for his Bundesliga 2 club and hasn't been picked for the Socceroos for over a year.

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