Vidosic upbeat about youth

Brisbane Roar Youth coach Rado Vidosic says he is “extremely happy” with the progress of his young team despite results going against them over the first half of the National Youth League season.

Brisbane Roar Youth coach Rado Vidosic says he is “extremely happy” with the progress of his young team despite results going against them over the first half of the National Youth League season.

Brisbane sit in eighth place on the ladder following a loss to Melbourne Victory on Sunday and face an uphill battle to make the top four and force their way into the finals.

However, with the focus primarily on the long-term development of his young players, Vidosic said there plenty of positives to take from the season so far.

“It has been a big step for most of them and I-m extremely happy with how all of them are progressing,” he said.

“I deliberately went for younger players so we have more time to work with them and give them every opportunity to develop into A-League players.

“It-s a long term project and if they are patient and prepared to work hard, I-m quite sure we-re going to have a few more signings from this batch over the next few years.”

With school wrapping up for the year, Vidosic said he expected to see even more improvement over the summer holidays.

“More than half of them are still at school and with exams and all the other things related to school behind them they can fully concentrate on football for the next few months,” he said.

One player who has particularly caught his coach-s eye is centre midfielder Kenneth Dougall, whom Vidosic said was rapidly developing into an A-League-level player despite his tender age of 16.

“If he continues to develop the way he is at the moment he-s going to be knocking on the door of the A-League very soon,” Vidosic said.

“He-s very good both offensively and defensively. He-s a very good ball-winner and also very composed on the ball.”

But he urged the senior Roar players take their opportunities when called into the youth league, with seven Hyundai A-League players taking part in Sunday-s loss to the Victory.

Following the first-team-s loss to Melbourne the night before, Vidosic said he had hoped for more in front of a crowd featuring Ange Postecoglou.

“You don-t get too many chances and that was a good chance for them,” he said.

“The A-League squad lost at home and that was their chance to say ‘if I put up my hand here and play really well I may be playing for the A-League-.”

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