After playing an integral part of the Socceroos qualifying campaign for the World Cup, Bristol City defender Bailey Wright admits he was surprised and understandably devastated to be cut from Australia's preliminary squad for Russia.
Having been a regular under Ange Postecoglou, Wright was played at right back against Norway in Bert van Marwijk's first game in charge and was replaced after 52 minutes in Oslo after a difficult first half.
With Matthew Jurman, Milos Degenek and Trent Sainsbury all seemingly preferred at centre back by van Marwijk, Wright found himself cut from the Socceroos preliminary 26-man World Cup squad named last week and the 25-year-old believes he deserved selection.
"I'm gutted," Wright told FourFourTwo.
"This is football I guess, it doesn't always plan out the way you think. It did come as a bit of a surprise, although this is the nature of the business we are in - it's ruthless, competitive and nothing is guaranteed.
"I won't be the first person to miss out on a World Cup who felt personally that they deserved to be there, and I won't be the last."
Wright revealed there has been no contact with Socceroos coaching staff since his surprise omission from the squad but is determined to put the disappointment behind him with Championship side Bristol City.
The Australian defender made 36 league appearances for the Ashton Road club last season as they finished 11th during a campaign which also included a memorable League Cup win over Manchester United.