With the A-League observing an international window, debuts headline this week’s #MilestoneMonday as Yūki Nagasato and Martin Boyle were handed appearances for club and country, respectively.

Scottish-born winger Martin Boyle made his Socceroos debut in Saturday’s match against South Korea at Suncorp Stadium, after stepping foot in Australia for the first time last week. 

Coming on as a second-half substitute, Boyle became the 599th Socceroo. Adding pace and enthusiasm down the right, he eventually played a crucial role in Massimo Luongo’s 93rd minute equaliser.

The 25-year-old’s father, Graeme, was born in Sydney, opening the door for Boyle’s Socceroos selection.

Boyle was previously part of Graham Arnold’s squad for the new manager’s first match in charge against Kuwait last month. However, Boyle was ruled ineligible as he had yet to receive his Australian passport.

Boyle has scored four goals and provided three assists in 11 Scottish Premiership games this season for Hibernian – where he plays alongside fellow Socceroos Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren.

Buoyed by his involvement in the match, Boyle was ecstatic with his Socceroos journey.

“If you’d asked me a few years ago if this opportunity would ever happen, from the position I was in or where I was, I’d probably have laughed at you. It’s been a huge rise for myself and long may it continue.”

Women’s World Cup winner and former Japanese international Yūki Nagasato made her first appearance for Brisbane Roar in Round 3 of the W-League, bringing immense experience to the the Queensland club and the W-League.

The creative attacking midfielder, who describes herself as “an artist” who creates opportunity for her teammates, has played 132 matches and scored over 50 goals for the Japanese national team.

Nagasato joined Roar from Chicago Red Stars – home of Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US – and has previously played for Frankfurt and Wolfsburg in Germany and Chelsea in England.

She was part of Japan’s team that won the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against the United States, helping Japan become the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA World Cup.