After having his opportunities limited in the A-League last season, Denis Genreau saw teammate and close friend Daniel Arzani star when given his chance.
The 19-year-old went from Melbourne City substitute to a Socceroo within six months as he earned a spot in Australia's World Cup squad.
Though taking different routes to the national team, both Arzani and Genreau are reaping the rewards of the hard work they've often put in side by side over the past few years at City.
"Daniel and I have been close through our two years together at Melbourne City," Genreau told Goal.
"We have shared a lot of the highs and lows of football together on the field, but as well some great memories off the field.
"We would always stay out a long time together after training was finished, doing extras in the gym too."
That commitment has ultimately paid off for both, but Arzani's initial rise did give Genreau even more belief that he would be rewarded as well.
"I am so proud of the things Daniel has achieved in the past year, he fully deserves it," he said.
"His rise has definitely given me confidence that I can do it as well, and it should give confidence to all young players that they can do it too when they are given their chance, just like he did."
Though Genreau's first-team opportunities with City were limited, the 19-year-old has cherished the chance to be part of the club and learn from some of their stars.
While keen to stay in Europe at the end of his season-long loan with Zwolle, Genreau believes his time with City has been invaluable and set him up well.
"It’s good when you play for a big club like Melbourne City because they attract big names with the amazing facilities, staff and resources they have," he said.
"I learnt so much from players like Tim (Cahill) and Bruno (Fornaroli) and all the other experienced players that have been at that club. When you spend everyday with those kind of players, you see their routines and the way they prepare themselves everyday for training and games and you can learn so much from the careers they have had.
"You also hear stories from their careers abroad and it’s those kind of experiences overseas that you dream of having yourself."