With four consecutive starts and a run of impressive performances to his name, Liam Rose is showing why he is such a valued player on the Central Coast.
In the absence of experienced Dutch midfielder Tom Hiariej, Liam Rose has shown the form over the past month that saw him awarded the mariners Medal in 2016.
Alongside the experienced Dutch Duo of Wout Brama and Tom Hiariej is Liam Rose, Jacob Melling and Adam Berry who are all competing to be a part of the A-League match day midfield.
Competition for spots can bring out the best in players and Rose says there is a healthy competition across the board whilst the young players take what they can from their experienced counterparts.
Could we see another 18-year-old attacker from the Mariners Academy earn his @ALeague debut this weekend?
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) April 5, 2018
“Tom Hiariej is a big loss and you can see that when he’s stepped out of the team,” Rose said. “Everyone who has come in has done a good job, whether that’s Melling or anyone they’ve done a job and worked hard for the team.
“Tom & Wout have played at the highest level. Wout has played for the Dutch national team and Tom has hundreds of games to his name in the Eredivisie so they have a lot of experience. I just try to take little bits out of their game and what they do as footballers which has helped me a lot this season and I am really grateful for that,” Rose said.
“Competition for places makes everyone work hard and fight for that position and it only brings out the best in the team so when there’s competition everyone’s fighting at training,” Rose said.
After today's training session, 18-year-old academy striker Jordan Smylie fronted the media for the first time and reflected on his @ALeague debut! Smylie explained how he found out and the first person he called to break the exciting news. #CCMFC #ALeague pic.twitter.com/WFSSYz01SQ
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) April 4, 2018
Days out from his 21st birthday, Rose has taken this opportunity with both hands having started in every game since round 22 against Perth Glory. Despite plenty of game time, Rose says the number one focus is team performance.
“It’s great for me to be able to get some minutes under my belt,” Rose said. “But the main thing is the team performance and we haven’t had the best results in the last few games so we will be looking to change that on the weekend and hopefully bring back the three points.
“The result against Brisbane was disappointing. One moment we let ourselves down defensively and they capitalised. But there were plenty of positives signs, we created chances and were a bit unlucky not to score so we’ve been working hard this week at training to change that this weekend and get the three points,” Rose said.
This Saturday the Mariners face Melbourne City at AAMI Park which Rose says will be a tough proposition. City are coming hot off the back of back-to-back 3-0 wins over the Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets.
After the success of our Newcastle Permanent Mighty Mariners Holiday Clinics in January, Nick Montgomery & @josh_rose3 will lead the next instalment of clinics on the Central Coast in April!
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) March 28, 2018
“It’s going to be a tough game,” Rose said. “They’ve hit some great form, they’ve got some great players like Daniel Arzani who has started to show his potential and guys like Bruno Fornaroli but that won’t change our game plan – we’re going to go in and work hard for the win.
“We’re not where we want to be but we know that we don’t deserve to be down that end of the table. There were games this year we should have won but that’s football at the end of the day and we need to keep working hard for our fans,” Rose said.
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 26
Match: Melbourne City vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501 & One
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