Melbourne’s Langerak aware he has to take his chance

Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is aware he has to make the most of his current opportunity.

Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is aware he has to make the most of his current opportunity.

The 21-year old was brought in three matches ago to replace New Zealand international Glen Moss and in those three outings has conceded just one goal including two clean sheets.

Prior to that, Moss had kept just one clean sheet in 14 games but Langerak knows he has not yet secured his spot in Ernie Merrick’s line-up.

“I've played three games so far and I've been reasonably happy with the way I've been playing," Langerak said.

"I'll just take each game as it comes. I'm feeling good. It's good to get a chance and if I can continue I'll be happy with that. But it's a fickle business and we'll see what happens.

"It was a bit disappointing to finally concede a goal. As a goalkeeper, some days you have a clean sheet and not much to do, and other games you get a bit of work. But the boys in front of me have been fantastic. They've kept it quiet for me and made my job easier."

Central defender Rodrigo Vargas praised the youngster for his patience in waiting for his chance plus the ability he has displayed since being in the first team.

"Mitch has been great,” Vargas said. "From day one when Mossy came (from Wellington in the off-season), we knew it was going to be a tough battle for the No. 1 position.

"Mitch has had to wait, but he's got his chance now and everyone has seen what he's been able to do. He's done a great job between the sticks and we've got every confidence in him."

The Victory take on the Central Coast Mariners this Saturday night at Bluetongue Stadium in round 18 of A-League action.