Change no problem for Nichols

The past year might have been a rollercoaster ride for Mitch Nichols but the freewheeling midfielder says he is ready to embrace more changes under new coach Ange Postecoglou.

The past year might have been a rollercoaster ride for Mitch Nichols but the freewheeling midfielder says he is ready to embrace more changes under new coach Ange Postecoglou.

It was about a year ago that the 20-year-old burst onto the scene with an outstanding performance at the U19 Asian Championships which took the Young Socceroos to the U20 World Cup.

The feat launched Nichols into the spotlight and he took full advantage, playing a starring role in the Roar-s surge into the Hyundai A-League finals last year and earning a Socceroos cap.

Now returned from the U20 World Cup and working under a new coach at Brisbane, Nichols is looking forward to a new challenge and refinding his red-hot form.

“I feel good for the break (last week) and refreshed,” he said. “(Now) I-ve just got to train hard, impress him (Postecoglou) and show that I-m ready to play.”

His chance could come as early as Sunday, with the Roar travelling to high-flying Sydney, where he believes the team can overcome the odds and come home with a result.

“We haven-t had the best run lately but if we go down there and get a result it could be a turning point for our season,” the attacking midfielder said.

“We-re missing a few players but we-ve got enough depth in our squad to overcome that, so if we go down there, work hard and play well we might get a result.”

The former Palm Beach talent has had to prove his versatility in recent times, playing with both the Young Socceroos and the Roar, which has seen formation changes since the start of the season.

With the appointment of a new coach likely to see even more changes, Nichols said it was part of a positive learning experience.

“It adds versatility to your game,” he said. “A couple of times we-ve played the 4-4-2 with a diamond (midfield).

“If you play in one of those midfield positions, you-ve got to be more of an actual centre midfielder - you-ve got to get back more and defend more.

“If I can add that (aspect) to my game it-ll be better because it-ll give me more of a chance of playing as the coach can put me in a couple of different positions.”

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