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UNKNOWN Bradden Inman hopes to emulate Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright in using an unlikely Socceroos call-up from England?s third-tier as a springboard.

Inman, 24, was a shining light in a disastrous season for Crewe Alexandra, finishing as their leading scorer in a season they were relegated from League One.

Adelaide-born Inman, who played for Scotland?s youth teams but is uncapped at senior level, revealed that Crewe had offered him a fresh deal but he keen to play at a higher level, and it?s understood that Championship clubs are poaching.

?They did well playing in League One and it shows that some players maybe shouldn?t be where they are but it?s hard to get out of the leagues,?? Inman said.

?They?ve done excellent since they?ve left and gone to QPR and Preston and I?m hoping to go to the next level next season.

?There?s an offer on the table from Crewe but I?ll wait til this England game is over then speak to my agent and family and see what the best options are moving forward.

?I?m 24 so at an age I want to go to the next step and challenge myself so hopefully there?s a good offer in there for me to do that.

?This season I managed to get double figures. It was a good season personally, not for the team , but I feel I showed I?m good enough to make the step up.??

Akin to Luongo, Inman was on the books of a Premier League side but failed to crack the first team.

Yet Inman, at just 17, was close to cracking Newcastle United?s first team as he was an unused substitute on several occasions before rejecting a contract extension in pursuit of regular minutes at Crewe.

There the box-to-box midfielder was transformed into an attacker and 134 appearances and 24 goals later Inman has finally got a call-up, five years after Holger Osieck selected him in an underage camp.

?I was quite young, 17 when I was training with the Newcastle first team and making the bench and it can be tough because sometimes you feel like you could get a chance but because the experience is not there it?s quite tough,?? he said.

?With clubs nowadays and the money it?s quite tough for managers to just throw in a youngster.??

Inman said he didn?t fear England despite the whole squad being based two divisions above.

?I?m more excited than intimidated, it would be good to match up against the best to see where you stand,?? Inman said.

?Because I?ve been in and around it at Newcastle, I know the level and quality of players.??

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