• Tim Cahill takes a selfie with fellow A-League players. (Getty Images AsiaPac)
Former Australia teammates Tim Cahill and Brett Holman believe the continuing arrival of Socceroos representatives is an indication of the A-League's continuing improvement.
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Omnisport
28 Sep 2016 - 4:20 PM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2016 - 4:20 PM

Holman has returned home after signing with Brisbane Roar for the first time in 14 years, having spent time in Europe and the Middle East and has highlighted how players such as Tommy Oar choosing to play in Australia underlines the strides the A-League has made in its' 11 year history.

"You're talking about good quality players, national team players, who aren't choosing something else but looking at the A-League and saying 'this is positive for my career'," Holman told reporters on Wednesday.

"That is a massive compliment for the A-League to say this is how we're progressing."

The Roar forward joined Cahill and Sydney FC marquee Bobo in Melbourne at an A-League media day in the lead-up to the start of the new season on October 8.

Cahill expressed similar views: "This is where we're from. This is where we were brought up and to be finally home as international Australian players, it's good for us, good for our families and obviously great for the game."

Holman believes Roar was the right choice
A "gut feeling" convinced former Australia attacker Brett Holman to overlook big-money European offers and sign with A-League club Brisbane Roar.

Australia's all-time leading scorer says winning the competition will be one of the biggest challenges of his career in a league where such a large amount of teams are credible title contenders, using Adelaide United's title winning season as an example.

"Doing what they've done, the quiet achievers, they've stuck together and they've produced something quite amazing ... with all the top teams it's going to be difficult one for us," he said.

Holman agreed, praising the lack of a consistently dominant group of teams at the top and the egalitarian nature of the competition.

"It makes it a lot more exciting when you don't know there's a standard top four," he said.

"What Adelaide did last year just sums it up, not winning the first seven games and going on to win the minor premiership and grand final."