Glory’s Luke Ivanovic failed to make the A-League, until he changed one thing

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Luke Ivanovic has never doubted his natural ability with a football, but says he learnt something from his brother which was crucial to him making it as a professional.

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The new Perth Glory recruit says he began playing football around the age of four or five with his brother, and soon discovered his natural talent for the game.

“He [my brother] used to work hard every day on his own, but I had a natural ability, a natural talent”, he said.

“But he had the work ethic and that’s what I didn’t have.”

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Without a solid work ethic, Ivanovic found himself hard-pressed to find a pathway to play professionally. He tried his luck with multiple National Premier League sides in New South Wales, and even his state school side.

“When I was about 14 or 15, things were tough”, Ivanovic admitted.

“I wouldn’t be selected for state school teams, but the reason why was because of my work ethic. I wasn’t working hard enough.

“I should have realised a lot earlier that work ethic should have been number one.

“I’d be trialling for the teams I wanted to make because I wanted to be playing for the best teams in the NPL. That’s what you’re thinking at the age of 14 and 15 because you want to be playing with the best players.”

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Ivanovic trialled for Blacktown City and the Football NSW Institute team, but didn’t make it into either of them.

Eventually, he trialled for the Bonnyrigg White Eagles who were in the same league, but were almost on the bottom of the table. Although disappointed and upset by previous failures, Ivanovic continued to fight for a career in football and made it into the sides under 15’s NPL squad.

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“As individual players, we weren’t as good as the other NPL players but me being up front, I just wanted to show what I could do and show what talent I had,” Ivanovic said.

“I started to realise I was scoring a lot of goals, making things out of nothing for myself, beating players, dribbling at players.

“And then I was like yeah, I can make something out of this. I realised I’m gonna put my head down and start working hard and see how far I can take football.

“From the under 16’s I had a great start to the season. Then, I actually jumped from the  under 16’s to the under 20’s.

“I missed the under 18’s, then literally two games after playing for the under 20’s team I got put into the first team.”

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It was in the first team where Ivanovic met former Scottish League One defender Brian Brown, the head coach of the side. He says it was Brown who boosted his career and significantly helped him reach where he is today.

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“Brian Brown had a lot of belief in me and that’s when I got into the Sydney FC youth team”, Ivanovic said.

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“He thought that I could take another step in football. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“These things happen for a reason. If I was at Blacktown or the Football NSW institute who knows what would’ve happened.

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Aspiring sports journalist and passionate follower of the A-League and Premier League. Young, motivated and keen to be a part of TFS team.

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