Ange asks Oar for more

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has challenged Tommy Oar to kick on from his NAB Young Footballer of the Year nomination and become a key player in the first team.

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has challenged Tommy Oar to kick on from his NAB Young Footballer of the Year nomination and become a key player in the first team.

A string of exciting performances from the 17-year-old earned him the nomination today, putting him in the running for grand prize including a $10,000 investment portfolio and the title of most outstanding under-21 player in the league.

Postecoglou said Oar had an exciting future ahead of him if he could continue to progress at the current rate.

“I-d love to take credit for Tommy and his development but I-ve been here a week so I won-t do that,” the newly-appointed Brisbane boss said.

“Bursting onto the scene is almost the easy bit. It-s about taking it to the next level and I think that-s where Tommy-s at now - he-s proven he can play at A-League level.

“Now he-s got to show that he can dominate and I think he has those capabilities.

“I think he-s a player who can become someone who people come and see - he-s exciting.”

With the Roar losing a number of key players this season, Oar said he was happy to fill some of the void but wanted to cement his place in a full-strength starting XI.

“I-m pretty happy with the way I have been going but I-ve just got to keep working hard and nail my first-team spot.”

Friday night-s match against the Newcastle Jets will be the last chance for fans to see Oar in action for three weeks, with the youngster due to travel to Indonesia on Monday for the AFC U19 Championships qualifiers.

Postecoglou said although it was frustrating to lose the in-form winger, it was in the interests of both the club and the player to let him go.

“Young players need to get exposed to different kinds of conditions and challenges,” the former Australian youth coach said.

“In the long-term I think we as a club will benefit from it.”

Oar agreed with his mentor and said he was looking forward to adding to his U20 World Cup experience last month.

“You learn a lot when you go away with the national team,” he said.

The lethal left-footer will be hoping to leave on a good note by helping Brisbane to a first win in five matches on Friday night.

“Obviously the last few results haven-t gone our way but I think we-re moving forward and our performance on the weekend (against Sydney) showed that,” he said.

Friday-s match between the Roar and the Jets kicks off at 7.30pm at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are now available from as little as $15/adult, click here for full ticket details.

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