Morgan says it’s time to positively reflect on Australia’s youth development

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Joeys’ coach Trevor Morgan says it’s time for a positive attitude towards Australia’s youth development, ahead of the U17 World Cup next week.

In the past, there has been plenty of negative comments directed at youth development in Australia and Morgan believes it’s time for this attitude to change.

“I think it’s about time there’s some positive language used about youth development in Australia,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of negative things said and we certainly want to put out a performance which surprises people a little bit and makes them excited about what’s coming.

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“There are some individuals in here that have the ability to create things and we certainly have a team that plays with confidence that knows its way of doing things.”

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The World Cup begins on October 26 in Brazil and the Joeys are heading to the South American country full of confidence after two years of qualifying tournaments and training camps.

The squad has spent the past 10 days in Chile preparing for the tournament, and Brisbane Roar young gun Izaack Powell said the training camp had been crucial for their preparation.

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“It’s great that we’ve finally got here and we’re preparing for what we’ve been dreaming of playing in this whole time,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot to showcase for Australian football. We’ve got a lot to prove to show people what we’re all about and that we can compete at the highest level. There’s no reason why we can’t go out there and win the tournament.

“That’s what we’ve come here to do. We’ve come here to win.”

Morgan agreed with Powell’s sentiment on the training camp, saying that it’s important to prepare somewhere.

“It’s a place where we’ve got a great training venue. The training centres here are top-level, it’s a football country,” he said.

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“Chile is going to be at the World Cup, they’re a top team and we’re going to get a match against them, which is useful for us.”

“The work we’ve been doing is trying to put in their minds where they are really strong, where they can be excellent.”

Kick-off times for the group matches:
Joeys v Ecuador, 8.00pm (local) – 10.00am (AEDT) Sunday, 27 October 2019
Joeys v Hungary, 8.00pm (local) – 10.00am (AEDT) Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Joeys v Nigeria, 5.00pm (local) – 7.00am (AEDT) Saturday, 2 November 2019

Full squad:

Idrus ABDULAHI, Ali AUGLAH, Nicholas BILOKAPIC (GK), Noah BOTIC, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Yaya DUKULY, Luke DUZEL, Tristan HAMMOND, Oliver KALAC (GK), Birkan KIRDAR, Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, Anton MLINARIC, Trent OSTLER, Adam PAVLESIC (GK), Cameron PEUPION, Izaack POWELL, Joshua RAWLINS, Michael RUHS, Ryan TEAGUE (C), Daniel WALSH, Caleb WATTS

Feature image credit: Brook Mitchell

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