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A-League going in the right direction - Central Coast's Bozanic

The A-League is heading in the right direction according to Central Coast Mariners midfielder Oliver Bozanic.

The 21-year old returned to his homeland to join the Mariners this season after a few years with English club Reading and after experiencing life in the top flight of English football, can see some improvements in the local game in Australia.

"When I joined Reading it was a Premier League club so it was a very high standard in terms of facilities and the way it was run," he told Australian Football Weekly.

"But coming back now it's good to see the A-League's going in the right direction and the professionalisms' of a very high standard."

Bozanic spent some time training with the Mariners back in 2006 when he was given a chance by then coach Lawrie McKinna to join the seniors and he admits that there have been vast advancements in only a few years.

"It has [changed]; when I was here I was just training with the Mariners and there were quite a few different venues but now there's a training ground and lots of development," he added.

And Bozanic admitted that it was nice to be back on home soil, especially as the weather begins to get better heading into spring.

"I'm loving being back home. It's been great. Nothing's changed that much but I like that," he said further.

"It is nice to be back on the Central Coast, especially coming out of winter."

Andrew Slevison
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