Jovanovic wants to push young players to play overseas

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Experienced defender Aleksandar Jovanovic hopes one day he is able to push younger players in Australia to play football overseas.

The 31-year-old has played the majority of his career across the globe, including 140 appearances in the K-League, and believes Australia can learn a lot from footballing nations.

Jovanovic said he wants to be a role model to the younger players in the Macarthur FC squad.

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“To be fair I just want to be a role model for the younger ones,” he said.

“I mean there is so much potential here in Australia, but I don’t think a lot of them reach it.

“Hopefully they can learn something from me and then maybe one day, down the line, I’ll be trying to push players overseas, so we’ll just see what happens.”

The defender said how he and the other experienced players at Macarthur plan to help guide the younger players.

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“Most likely just discipline and be there for the younger players,” he said.

“We’re all trying to be role models for the younger players to watch what they should be and shouldn’t be doing on and off the field, and give advice as well and helped them at training.

“Just be mainly role models and hopefully one day see a lot of those boys playing overseas or doing their trade at the top level.”

Jovanovic has a few ideas on how the country could develop its younger players in future, including introducing the training from a younger age.

“Australia are a bit too soft on the players, especially when they’re younger,” he said.

“I’d also like to see for kids here to be training every day. Like in Europe, everyone’s training every day from a very young age, while here I was just training twice a week with a game on the weekend.”

“Then when you introduce that in a young person, training every day, obviously they’re going to get better the more you work at it and now that’s probably the biggest factor.”

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The Bulls defender’s advice to younger players is to train as much as possible.

“Train whenever you can, juggle a ball,” he said.

“Train, watch, learn and keep at it because the more you keep at it, the more chances you’re going to get.”

“Hopefully one day you catch a move. It’s a bit about luck as well, but one day hopefully you catch the eye of someone and you can move on.”

Feature image credit: Macarthur FC

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Daniel Gualterio
Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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