WATCH: McGowan on Sydney FC, a Caltex Socceroos return and that Cahill assist

Ryan McGowan hopes his move to Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC not only provides a chance to win more silverware, but also boost his hopes of a Caltex Socceroos recall.

The 29-year-old completed his first training session with the Sky Blues on Wednesday after signing with Steve Corica’s title-winning squad last week.

And while he’s craving team success in the Harbour City, he hopes it will translate to individual recognition in the Green and Gold.


McGowan, who played all three games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, hasn’t featured for the Caltex Socceroos since 2017.

But the man who provided the assist for Tim Cahill’s famous volley against the Netherlands at the 2014 tournament, aims to end that drought with a big season for the Sky Blues.

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“I was probably going [to Brazil] not thinking I would play any games and the way lady luck works I got a run out in all three games and set up a good assist for Timmy,” McGowan told sydneyfc.com.

“It’s grown arms and legs that assist but for me it was a great thing to look back on. I’ve had three games at a World Cup and been lucky enough to represent my country 20 times.

“But you can’t rest on your laurels. I’m here to make an impression and get back on that national team squad and hopefully add to the 20.”

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Ryan McGowan hopes to add to his 20 appearances in the Green and Gold

McGowan is hopeful a few weeks solid training will have him in contention to line up for the Sky Blues in their high-profile friendly against Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain in China at the end of the month.

His first competitive game for the club is likely to come in the FFA Cup on Wednesday, August 7 when Sydney FC host Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval.

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“[The Roar game] is a chance for everyone to see the players that we have brought in this season and stamp our authority on what we want to do,” said McGowan, whose younger brother Dylan has joined Sydney FC’s rivals, Western Sydney Wanderers.

“It’s important that in the next three or four weeks we have together, we put the work in on the training ground and then have a great chance to progress.

“We’ve been successful [as a club] recently and we want to keep that up the next couple of years.”