Slow burn to bolter: Andrew Nabbout's Caltex Socceroos success story
Andrew Nabbout's ascension to the Caltex Socceroos ranks caps an incredible individual couple of weeks and an inspiring Hyundai A-League redemption tale.
Bert van Marwijk named the versatile attacker as part of a final 26-man squad to face Norway and Colombia in a pair of friendlies later this month.
The news comes just days after Nabbout sealed a life-changing move to Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds, last year's AFC Champions League winners.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable rise since being left on the Hyundai A-League scrapheap fewer than three years ago.
Restricted to rare opportunities and unable to build on his early promise, Nabbout was let go by Melbourne Victory in May 2015.
He sought a path back to top-level football, got a chance at Malaysian side Negeri Sembilan FA and, having retained his nose for goal, netted eight times in just 12 appearances.
Newcastle Jets offered a lifeline.
The powerful winger, who has previously courted attention from the Lebanon national team, dispatched a highly-impressive eight league goals during his first season back in Australian football.
And he has gone to a whole new level this term.
An invaluable 10 goals have spearheaded the Jets' transformation from wooden spooners to title contenders.
The last of those made for a fitting farewell as it sealed Newcastle's backs-to-the-wall win over Sydney FC which, along with a handy transfer fee, certainly repaid the club's faith.
He'll hope to do the same for Van Marwijk.