Stajcic: COVID-19 a long-lasting blessing for Australian football
Mariners coach Alen Stajcic says COVID-19 will help Australian football due to the fact that it has actually made sure more A-League opportunities for emerging gamers.
COVID-19 might be wreaking havoc around the world however it will prove a true blessing in time for Australian football according to the coach enjoying the view from the top of the A-League.
Alen Stajcic’s Central Coast Mariners sit at the top following their very first back-to-back wins in a campaign considering that December 2017.
Like many other A-League teams, the start has inspired by a list of young Australian gamers who have actually been given a chance due to clubs being not able to entice the normal requirement of immigrants due to the COVID crisis.
In their 2-0 weekend success over Macarthur, the Mariners’ starting side featured 7 Australian players aged 24 or under, while children Daniel Bouman and Jordan Smylie integrated off the bench for the 2nd goal.
Meanwhile, the similarity Sydney’s Calum Nieuwenhof, Macarthur’s Denis Genreau, Brisbane’s Dylan Wenzel-Halls, and Adelaide trio James Delianov, Yaya Dukuly and Noah Smith have all shone amid extra game time they have actually been provided up until now this season.
” I think from a nationwide team point of view in five to 10 years, COVID is going to be the greatest true blessing we have actually ever had,” Stajcic stated.
” We’ll reap these benefits of all these opportunities that these kids are getting that have been blocked in the past by minimal pathways, limited groups and chances with foreigners using up the key areas.”
The Mariners still have three imports, presently in quarantine, to come into their squad however Stajcic insists he will have no concern making Costa Rican Marcos Urena, Pole Michal Janota and Serbian Stefan Jankovic make their spots.
“They’re going to have to fight for it, that’s their dilemma. I don’t care who you are be it an immigrant or Aussie gamer, you’ll have to defend your area due to the fact that these boys have actually made that t-shirt,” he said.
In addition to the youngsters punching above their weight for the Mariners, a renewed group spirit led by seven-time Socceroo Oli Bozanic, veteran striker Matt Simon and star goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has been vital in the club’s surprise start.
“Having those three key figures, they actually just quick track all those components that you require to be as united as we are right now and while it’s only 2 wins, it’s actually laid a fantastic structure for the remainder of the year,” Stajcic said.