Rose emergence pleases Milicic but Macarthur boss calls for patience

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Ante Milicic says he is thrilled with Lachlan Rose’s emergence onto the A-League stage but says the young flyer still has much to learn.

Despite Macarthur FC losing 2-0 to Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, Rose – picked up from NPL 2 club Blacktown Spartans – has demonstrated in the first two matches for the Bulls that he has the potential to be one of A-League’s biggest stars.

The 21-year-old has played a total of 96 minutes for Macarthur and already he is showing an attacking style of play that can cause damage towards the opposition’s defence this season.

Rose was in the starting line-up against his club’s local rival Western Sydney Wanderers. He kept crossing the ball into the box, creating a handful of chances.

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“He did well in his first game and as I said as a young kid you need to understand he came from NPL 2,” Milicic said.

“There’s a lot of him to reflect on after a game, not just his performance but physically and emotionally, but he came on and made a difference.

“We’re really pleased the way he’s going but of course as the first time that he’s been in this kind of professional environment.”

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On Sunday’s match against the Yellow and Navy, Rose came on as a substitute and was instantly creating mayhem for the Mariners’ defence.

His creativity, awareness, and being quick on his feet display exciting and electrifying presences on the pitch that make the crowd crave more.

Rose had also shown that he could stand up against experienced players when tension was brewing on Sunday after a challenge made on him by Matt Simon.

It was clear that Rose was getting on Simon’s nerves.

“We’ll keep working with him and look to improve him.”

Feature image credit: Macarthur FC.

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