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Gold Coast to blood youngster Anderson

Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg may hand a first team debut to promising youngster Zach Anderson this weekend.

The 18-year old has been drafted in the senior squad and me be deployed against Adelaide United tomorrow night as Bleiberg looks to an apt replacement for the suspended Steve Pantelidis.

The fact that Anderson can play both as a central defensive midfielder or a centre-back makes him useful to Bleiberg who is confident he will grab his opportunity with both hands.

"We need a defensive player to add to our numbers this week and Zac has been outstanding for our Youth Team so far this season. He is one of the main reasons why the Youth Team has done so well," Bleiberg said.

"Zac is a big, strong boy and a young, up and coming player who we believe has a first team future at the club, so I am pleased that he has his chance. I'm sure he will make the most of the opportunity."

Anderson, a product of the Queensland Academy of Sport, was delighted to be elevated from the youth academy and was excited about his prospects.

"If you want to become a professional player then you have to take challenges head-on and that's what I intend to do," said the youngster.

"It's very exciting for me and I'm really looking forward to it. I've played 90 minutes of every game in the National Youth League this season and I've been training with the first team lately.

"To train with the likes of Jason Culina and the rest of the senior players, it teaches you so much. I've learned a lot and hope to spend as much time around the first team as possible.

"I knew earlier in the week that I would be involved so I've had a few days to focus on what I have to do."

Andrew Slevison
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