Socceroos boss Osieck to cast eye over A-League youngsters

Australian national team coach Holger Osieck says he will be watching Sunday’s A-League Grand Final with vested interest.
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Australian national team coach Holger Osieck says he will be watching Sunday’s A-League Grand Final with vested interest.

The German tactician admits that there are a few young players he will be watching closely when the Brisbane Roar host the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

Mariners trio Oliver Bozanic, Mustafa Amini and Mathew Ryan as well as Roar’s attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols will all be on Osieck’s radar and he says a game such as this can do plenty for a player’s development.

"Playing in a final like this, with a lot of pressure, at a young age will only benefit them," he told the Daily Telegraph. "It's a matter of nerves, or more exactly how you keep your nerves.

"Playing in such a game, with such a crowd, will be a great learning experience for them. Over the season both teams deserve to be in the final - I like their style, they try to play productive football. That's the kind of football I like to see.

"I've seen a lot of exciting games this year in the A-League, the quality is good with some very good players."

Osieck has already been a great backer of the domestic league, unlike his predecessor Pim Verbeek, and indicated that some of the players from the A-League will be making up his squad to face home country Germany in a friendly at the end of the month.

"We have a succession plan in place [for the Socceroos] but it's very much for the medium or long term," he added.

"Maybe some of the [potential new] players are not 100 per cent ready yet. In two years' time they have to be.

"I can get a great idea of the fringe Socceroos from the camp. But I'd like to have my best players available.

"The top players were away for a long time [at the Asian Cup] and I don't want to over-stress the relationship [with the clubs].

"Sometimes it can be hard to get them released, but so far so good."

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