Bush scores Hyundai A-League deal

Brisbane Roar Youth captain Chris Bush has been rewarded for his inspirational performances in the National Youth League, signing a Hyundai A-League contract with the league leaders until the end of the current season.

Brisbane Roar Youth captain Chris Bush has been rewarded for his inspirational performances in the National Youth League, signing a Hyundai A-League contract with the league leaders until the end of the current season.

A product of the Australian Institute of Sport, Bush was given the opportunity from Head Coach Ange Postecoglou after a spot on the roster opened up following last month-s departure of Brazilian-born striker Reinaldo.

The 18-year-old has worn the skipper-s armband for the Brisbane Roar Youth side in just his first season at the club, a telling indication of his commitment, passion and technical ability according to Postecoglou.

“Bushy has worked hard all year, he-s really earned his spot,” the Brisbane boss said.

“He-s been outstanding for the youth team and really suits our style of game so I-m pleased to have him on board.”

Bush agreed with his coach-s observations, naming the leadership of the youth squad and the belief of the Brisbane Roar coaching staff as the main catalysts to his confidence and in turn, dominant football displays.

“I-m really looking forward to it and I-m appreciative of the chance that Ange has given me,” he said.

“Getting the captaincy made me want to improve more and lead the team well, I think my form in the youth league definitely helped me get this opportunity.”

Not afraid to take control of the midfield battle and a constant menace to opposition defences, Bush has been an integral part of the Brisbane-s National Youth League side-s rise to second place on the ladder.

A similar type of player to current club captain Matt McKay and midfield workhorse Massimo Murdocca, Postecoglou tipped Bush as a star of Brisbane-s future who would flourish under the guidance of the older squad members as the Roar look ahead to their final fixtures of the season.

“We-re giving him an opportunity now, it-s up to him to work hard and take the next step,” he said.

“He-s very similar to Massimo and Matty, they-re busy, hardworking midfielders and good technically as well.”

The Brisbane coach had no doubts that if needed, Bush was more than capable to stepping up to Hyundai A-League level given his high work rate and leadership qualities that he has displayed both in the National Youth League and on the training paddock.

“It-s up to him to keep working hard and with Matty (McKay) at the Asian Cup we don-t really have a lot of depth,” Postecoglou said.

“I guess it-s just about opportunity - he-s been working hard and I-m sure he-ll be ready if one comes his way.”

Bush said if the chance to don a Hyundai A-League jersey fell his way, he wouldn-t let it slip away without a fight.

“If I do get the opportunity, I just want to grab it with both hands.”

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