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Socceroos boss Osieck: A-League a great development

New Australian national team boss Holger Osieck insists that the A-League is a great development for football in this country.

The German tactician is now residing in Australia and after watching his first live A-League matches on the weekend, is of firm belief that football down under is in a good position from a standard point of view.

"It's logical I live in this country, watch the A-League and talk to the coaches," he said. "First off I need to get an idea of the standard itself, the players and the level of game. After a couple of weeks I think I will have a good picture.

"I have my own point of view and I think it is a great piece of development that Australia now has its own professional league. But, it is still very young and needs time to develop. The talent is there and some players have already impressed me."

Osieck was on hand to watch the 1-1 draw between Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night where youngster Mathew Leckie again impressed and also saw the scoreless draw involving Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners at Skilled Park yesterdayand was believed to be impressed by the match despite the poor crowd of just over 2,000.

Andrew Slevison
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