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The next big thing back in 2006, the 25-year-old failed to establish himself at the highest level, but is still hopeful of making a comeback to football's elite

Forgotten midfielder Kaz Patafta has boldly declared he is now ready to fulfill his undoubted potential and still harbours ambitions to play for the Socceroos.

Patafta was the young playmaker so highly thought of that then-Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink took him to the World Cup as part of a train-on squad in 2006 when only a teenager.

But despite being signed by Portuguese giants Benfica and stints in the A-League with Newcastle and Melbourne Victory, things just didn't work out.

Read the full story at Football Federation Australia's official website