Matt McKay is confident a return to playing in the A-League will not affect his standing as a Socceroo regular ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The versatile player has rejoined Brisbane Roar two years after leaving the club, following spells with Glasgow Rangers, Busan IPark and Changchun Yatai.
There was a time - particularly under former national team coach Pim Verbeek - when returning home to Australia's domestic competition would have hindered a player's chances of featuring at international level.
But McKay, whose ability to play in defence and midfield should go some way to safeguarding his Socceroos' berth, said Australia coach Holger Osieck has already endorsed his return to Suncorp Stadium.
"I had a good chat with Holger and he was very positive," McKay told reporters on Monday.
"He's got a lot of time for the A-League and you could see that [Mark] Milligan came in and did a good job for the three qualifiers this year and I broke into the Socceroos through the A-League," he added, referring to the Melbourne Victory midfielder and Socceroo regular.
"You want to be playing competitively as close as you can to the World Cup and I'm sure the Roar will be there at finals time."
McKay believes the competition has thrived in his absence and revealed that although he needed little convincing to return home, the Roar did not put a foot wrong in their attempts to secure his services.
"It's improved since I was here two years ago and I want to be part of that again, and I'm delighted to be back," he said.
"Ever since I left I was thinking about the day I'd come back."
"The Roar were very professional in how they approached things and I felt very wanted here and it's a club that's going places again."
What appeared to be a dream move on the back of winning the 2010-11 A-League title turned sour when Rangers encountered serious financial problems, prompting the club to sell McKay to K-League outfit Busan IPark just seven months after his arrival at Ibrox.
"It came a bit earlier than I expected," he said when asked about his departure from Europe.
"Scotland didn't work out for me. It was disappointing the way it ended.
"I went to Asia and the two clubs I was at I was playing, and I really enjoyed it.
"I probably enjoyed the Korean league a lot more and would have liked to stay there a bit further.
"But I learnt good things, I learnt bad things and it makes you who are, and I'm a better person for that.
"It's a learning experience and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's made me more resilient and I can handle a lot more now."
Brisbane's first match of the A-League season is away to Wellington Phoenix on October 13, while McKay will hope to be involved when Australia travel to play Brazil in a friendly on September 7.