Five A-League Men players under 25 you should have your eyes on

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If the A-League Men is going to prosper into the future, then the most important factor will be the current crop of youngsters who can move the game forward.

Fortunately, the league is currently awash with players with bright futures ahead of them, and here we’ve listed five of the very best.

Nick D’Agostino

“Daggers” has been a potent weapon in Melbourne Victory’s final third this season. He’s only had a handful of starts, as he has primarily backed up the likes of Marco Rojas off the bench, however, when he’s had an opportunity, he’s made the most of it.

With four goals to his name from 12 appearances for the season so far, the 24-year-old has made the most of the chances he’s had in front of goal. Expect him to make some noise as the new-look Victory build toward the finals.

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Dan Hall

Hall makes up half of the Mariners’ starting defensive unit across the middle, and has been excellent in that role. Despite his youth and inexperience, having only appeared in 16 senior matches, Hall has caught the eye of recruiters and fans throughout the country and even abroad.

So much so that he has reportedly gained significant interest from the Fijian national team. A sign of things to come perhaps?

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Kye Rowles

It would be remiss to not mention the other half of the aforementioned central defence equation at the Mariners, as Rowles has managed to build up and even more impressive resume during his time in the competition.

With 84 appearances already to his name, Rowles could almost qualify as a veteran presence within the side, and yet he maintains a youthful drive to improve and prove himself alongside the best. He was a driving force behind the Mariners progressing to the FFA Cup final, where he was jointly awarded the Mark Viduka medal, the first player to win the award in a losing side.

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Harry Van der Saag

Sydney FC’s right-back has been in and out of the squad for this season, finding himself on the outer in recent weeks.

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Despite his youth, Van der Saag is another player with plenty of experience to draw on. Expect him to be a regular fixture in the Sky Blues’ starting 11 if he can find some consistency.

Adisu Bayew

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Of the five players on this list, Bayew’s inclusions requires the greatest degree of projection. The Sudanese-born attacking midfielder has not made a great deal of appearances for Western United’s senior team. However, he made 13 appearances for their National Premier League side in the abbreviated 2021 season, scoring on two occasions and wearing the captain’s armband a handful of times.

His play across the various divisions earned him a spot in the Australian Under-23 side, with United fans hoping he might one day earn a spot in the Socceroos.

Feature Image Credit: Robbie Szafranek

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Mitchell Turner
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Third Year Undergraduate Arts Student at Monash University (Journalism Major). Generic sports tragic living out my failed dreams of going pro vicariously through other people.

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