Albion Park’s Jack Hayes is the latest Illawarra player to roll off the international-standard production line when he makes his Kookaburras debut in Hobart on Sunday.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been included in the Australian squad to take on world No.6 Germany in the Pro League.
The Kookaburras are still winless after the opening round, when they let a 5-2 lead slip to lose to the Netherlands on penalties and beaten by World Cup champions Belgium 4-1.
Hayes is the cousin of two-time Olympian Casey Sablowski.
“We watched him closely during the AHL and there’s a lot of potential there,” Australian coach Colin batch said of Hayes. “He’s gained experience playing for Australia in the Indoor World Cup and we feel he can add some strength in our midfield and as a striker.”
Wollongong’s Flynn Ogilvie also returns to the Kookaburras squad after being left out for the opening two games.