Brisbane young gun Brandon Borrello believes being left out of A-League action by coach John Aloisi in recent weeks has been to his benefit.
The 20-year-old made a spectacular return to the Roar's starting line-up last weekend, scoring the second goal in Brisbane's 3-1 win over Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium.
After taking the league by storm with two early-season braces, Borrello didn't feature at all in the Roar's recent clashes with Central Coast or Wellington.
Aloisi said Borrello's confidence had taken a dip since his fine start to the campaign, an assessment the forward accepts is probably correct.
"What he's done is a world of good for me," Borrello said.
"I've regathered in the past couple of weeks and I gave the team a good performance. That's all I can do.
"The boss has challenged me. I haven't started in the past three games leading up to last week and I think I've answered him and I've taken my opportunity as well as I could."
Saturday's home clash against Perth will be Borrello's final match with the Roar before he travels with the Olyroos squad to Qatar for the AFC under-23 championship - the final step on the road to qualifying for next year's Rio Olympics.
After missing out this year's under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Borrello said he was determined to avoid another international heartbreak.
"I was bitterly disappointed with myself not helping the team cross the line and qualify for the under-20s," he said.
"My dream as a child was to play for my nation and to have the opportunity to potentially play in the Olympics - that'd be great."