Young Socceroos coach Versleijen a fan of Gold Coast’s Halloran

Australian U20 coach Jan Versleijen has rated Gold Coast United’s Ben Halloran a huge talent, giving him a definite chance to make the Young Socceroos World Cup squad.

Australian U20 coach Jan Versleijen has rated Gold Coast United’s Ben Halloran a huge talent, giving him a definite chance to make the Young Socceroos World Cup squad.

The 18-year old Cairns-born attacking midfielder made his first A-League start in United’s 1-0 away win over Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium and Halloran was extremely impressive, improving his chances of being included in the Dutch coach’s plans for next July’s tournament to be held in Colombia.

Versleijen was full of praise for Halloran this week, saying that he could even make it in Europe if he continues to develop as he has so far.

“Ben is a very interesting prospect," Versleijen told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

"When I first brought him into camp with us, I liked the fact he has so much pace and can beat people very easily.

"He has many things going for him and lots of promise. He has the ability to score goals and also to provide assists. His work rate is immense.

"He's always busy and inventive and that's a big plus for him.

"Technically, he is also quite good, although he will have to discover some more variety in how he beats players because - when you play at a higher level - you'll be up against players who will understand what you are doing.

"It's hard to say after just a couple of games in the A-League that he can go overseas and make it but, in Ben's case, I certainly see the potential there."

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