NPL saved the career of new Roar recruit

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It was only two years ago when Dylan Wenzel-Halls felt the crushing blow that so many National Youth League players across Australia eventually succumb to.

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Falling down the pecking order with Brisbane Roar’s NPL team, Wenzel-Halls was not offered a senior contract with the club and looked to be following the well-worn path of talented youngsters who just weren’t good enough.

The setback turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the then 18-year-old signed with Western Pride in the Queensland NPL.

Fast-forward two years and Wenzel-Halls departs Western Pride as their highest ever goal scorer following two seasons of goalscoring mayhem: a total of 40 goals in 29 games with his 2018 total of 23 coming in just 11 matches.

It’s a turn-around that the striker puts down to the competitive edge of the NPL.

“The improvement I’ve gained from the NPL was huge. I got to play consistent football at a senior level every week,” said Wenzel-Halls.

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“It was great for me tactically. As a striker I was coming up against a huge range of centre backs. One week I’m against former pros who are quite aggressive and the next I’ll be up against a young boy who might be a little bit quicker.

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The week-to-week variety of the NPL challenged Wenzel-Halls both tactically and mentally, doing exactly what the young forward hoped for when he left Brisbane: prepared him for another stint at pro football.

“I knew that if I stayed at Western Pride and scored goals consistently I’d make waves and people would give me a chance.”

Having been given a new chance by Brisbane, Wenzel-Halls is already enjoying the new challenge under John Aloisi.

“It’s a lot quicker to what I was used to. You’ve got to move the ball, one or two touch only. You can get away with a sloppy pass in the NPL, but in the A-League you can’t.”

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Thankfully he has one of Australia’s best ever strikers in his corner.

“To be one of two or three forwards learning off Aloisi is a good environment to be in and I I’m constantly learning.

“He wants me to influence games: to come off the bench and make an impact when the game is stretched defenders are tired. I can suit that role.”

Everyone loves a hometown hero, and with a make-or-break year that promises plenty of in-season intrigue, Wenzel-Halls could help pave the path for more players to join the A-League from the NPL if he makes good on his ambitions.

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