Roar Youth set for kick-off

Roar Youth coach Rado Vidosic is excited about unlocking the potential of his near-complete team of youngsters when the National Youth League kicks off this weekend.

Roar Youth coach Rado Vidosic is excited about unlocking the potential of his near-complete team of youngsters when the National Youth League kicks off this weekend.

After three months of trials, fifteen players have been signed to the Brisbane squad for the upcoming season, leaving just one spot remaining in the under-21 squad.

With four overage and unlimited underage Hyundai A-League players able to make up the numbers each week, Vidosic said he was in no rush to fill the playing roster.

“We-re leaving one spot for either one of last year-s older players to re-sign or for someone new to come in,” he said.

“We just want to make sure whoever we sign as the 16th player is worth signing.”

The Roar were one of the frontrunners of last year-s competition, just falling short of a place in the Grand Final and producing a number of standout players including current senior players Matt Mundy and National Youth League player of the year Adam Sarota.

With seven players remaining in the squad for the upcoming season, Vidosic said he was looking to continue playing an attractive and high-quality brand of football, with results secondary to performance.

“We-ll try to maintain pressure high up the field and maintain possession for as long as possible to be quite enjoyable to play, watch and be a little bit unpredictable,” he said.

“Every game we play we want to win, there-s no question about that. But you want to win in a way with players showing their skill and enjoying themselves.

“If you fall short, you don-t win but you still play well, I think we-ve done what we-ve aimed for but a win is the icing on the cake.”

Like last season, the Roar Youth team will train every day with the first team, giving them a chance to improve their skills alongside the likes of Craig Moore and Danny Tiatto.

Vidosic said training and playing with Hyundai A-League players was an important ingredient in the development of the youngsters.

“The number one goal is to keep developing young players not just to National Youth League level but to A-League level and beyond,” he said.

“I remember last season when we played against Adelaide, Daniel Bowles and Michael Ryan had to mark Paul Agostino and play against Ange Costanzo and players like that.

“It-s a great experience for these 16 and 17-year-olds. They can build their confidence by playing against these boys and not losing too many battles against them.

“I think that-s what this is all about, exposing them to the best possible level that they can play at.”

Vidosic said the captaincy would be rotated between the squad-s more experienced players Luke Brattan, Daniel Bowles and Stefan Vrbesic.

Brisbane Roar kick off their National Youth League campaign this Saturday against Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

The match will kick off at 2.45pm as a curtain-raiser for the Hyundai A-League match at 5.30pm.

Brisbane Roar Youth squad

Goalkeepers: Matt Acton (17), re-signed Luke Muir (19), re-signed

Defenders: Michael Ryan (18), re-signed Daniel Bowles (17), re-signed Albert Edward (17), Redlands United Alistair Quinn (16), QAS Calum O-Connell (19), Brisbane Wolves Matt Byrne (17), Brisbane Force

Midfielders: Ken Dougall (16), QAS Luke Brattan (19), re-signed Stefan Vrbesic (20), AIS

Attackers: Josh McVey (18), re-signed Jordan Farina (17), QAS Antony Schiavo (19), Rochedale Rovers Tyler Thurtell (18), re-signed

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