Postecoglou challenges Socceroo hopeful Troisi

With just one international appearance in the last 22 months, the goal for Victory's new loan star is to play his way back into the green and gold before Brazil 2014

Ange Postecoglou believes Melbourne Victory can help James Troisi can play his way back into the Socceroos reckoning ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Troisi joined Victory this week on a season-long loan deal from Serie A side Atalanta, where he found himself struggling for game-time early in 2013-14.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has represented Australia nine times at senior level, but not since February 2012, and Postecoglou has challenged the new arrival to revive his international career by starring in the A-League.

"I just think he's a quality player and he's really hungry and motivated to do well," the Victory coach told reporters on Tuesday.

"Obviously, the national team is on the horizon, the World Cup is on the horizon.

"I think he sees this as a place where he can relaunch his career. We're pretty good at that, we've already proven ourselves here ... we certainly help players who are ambitious realise their dreams."

It remains to be seen how Troisi will fit into a Victory side which now boasts an abundance of attacking midfielders, prompting a selection dilemma Postecoglou is more than happy to confront.

"He just adds some more quality to our team and if you look at our front half now, we've got not only competition for places but depth and real quality to tackle the season," he said.

Victory are in Tasmania this week for a friendly against Western Sydney Wanderers, and Troisi will link up with his new team-mates for the game in Hobart, with Postecoglou predicting the club's latest acquisition will get up to speed quickly ahead of the new campaign.

"No reason why he shouldn't, he's done a full pre-season, he's been training with Atalanta," he said.

"Obviously he needs some game-time, but he'll join us in Tassie. We've got a couple of weeks to get him right. These guys are professional players.

"I know it's unusual because we've got such a long pre-season, that it seems like we're doing it late in the piece, but I think if you're in Europe it's pretty much the norm, particularly quality players, they can join in pretty late and contribute in round one."

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