Milos Degenek is elated to be back in Australia's squad and has his sights on nailing down the Socceroos' right-back position.
The Germany-based defender missed last month's World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan with a knee injury but has recovered in quick time to be back for Tuesday night's fixture against Thailand in Bangkok.
Right-back has been a troublesome position for coach Ange Postecoglou in recent times, with Degenek one of eight players used in that position since the 2015 Asian Cup.
Perth Glory's Josh Risdon is the other player in the squad in contention to start on the right side of defence versus Thailand but Degenek – who plays centrally for his club 1860 Munich – hopes to win that individual battle.
"I feel pretty good there because I can get up and down. I'm quite fit, I'm a runner," Degenek told FFA TV.
"It's a good position because you're always up or down, you're always creating opportunities and you're always involved in the game.
"It's a very interesting position and I enjoy playing it."
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Preparations for Tuesday's clash have ramped up significantly over the week long camp in Bangkok, with all 23 players training strongly and available for match at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The Socceroos are unbeaten after four games in Group B with eight points to sit second in the standings and a win would solidify their position heading into 2017.
Group B leaders Saudi Arabia (10 points) travel to Japan (7), who sit third, making Tuesday a critical day on the road to Russia 2018.
The importance of the match is not lost on Degenek, who says Postecoglou's side is well prepared for the occasion.
"I think we would have been ready even if we had to play in a short turnaround after three days. We would have been ready," he said.
"Now we've had a few more days together and a few more sessions I think the team is ready and together and wanting the three points obviously."