It's shaping up to be one of the biggest seasons in his relatively short professional career, but Wanderer Keanu Baccus has never been more ready for what lies ahead.
While another pre-season is well underway and the Hyundai A-League is looming, Baccus is looking beyond his recent selection in the Olyroos squad.
Along with his Wanderers teammates Tass Mourdoukoutas and Tate Russell, Baccus will be aiming to use the friendlies as a springboard towards his goal of representing Australia at the Summer Olympics in Japan next year.
"Playing for my country at the Olympics will mean the world to me," said Baccus.
"It is always a great honour to be picked in the squad and hopefully we can go the distance.
“It has been a huge goal in my career.”
Coming off the back of his most successful season with the Wanderers last season, featuring in almost every match of the Red & Black's campaign and being named Wanderers Player of the Year, Baccus is looking to not only build on his personal performances but also his role at the club.
"Last season was terrific for me, I got to feature 24 times with the first team and I felt that I made some in-roads," said Baccus.
"Obviously, I want to take another step up. I definitely feel like I am an important part of the midfield now and I want to do my part.
“Team-wise, it is important we play finals football this season because we are such a big club and so much is expected. The last two seasons have not been good enough.”