Notes from the Brisbane Roar fan forum

There was quite bit of information to come out of the forum last night, and there were also some interesting ideas to come out of forum from those in attendance. Most of the big stuff has already been mentioned last night- but here’s a bit more information on some of those, and some other things. Apologies if this is a little long, or hard to follow because im trying to cram in as much out of this as I can remember.

I’ll start with what seems to have caused the biggest stir, and it was something that was raised towards the end of the forum, by the club themselves after they answered the questions from those in attendance. Just to make it perfectly clear- the GM Sean Dobson posed a question about the possibility of changing the clubs logo for the 10th anniversary coming up next season. He went on to stress that any changes would be driven by the fans, and that last night they were simply gauging the level of interest in the idea- the majority in attendance thought it was a good idea. Just for clarity- it was stressed on numerous times that the clubs traditional orange playing kit would never change, and there was no mention of a change of name from anyone on the panel. It was however suggested by someone on the night that ‘Brisbane’ be more of a focus than ‘Roar’.

Personally- I have no real attachment to the logo, it doesn’t really bother me if they changed it- I would however like to see what suggestions get put forward before I commit to wanting it changed. This is something however that has already caused a stir, and it will be a long process getting information and opinions on this one.

The other big news to come out of the forum was that there is a new kit for this season- and it’s due to be unveiled in the coming week. I cant remember the exact dates mentioned, but you’ll be able to pre-order it next week, and it’s supposedly hitting the shops in early September. There is a 2nd kit, and for the first time the club will have a 3rd strip. The 2nd/away kit is supposedly reverting back to white for this season, while the 3rd/alternate kit is something of an experimental’ design. We shall see when it gets released I guess- hopefully one of us will be able to head along and attend. In relation to playing kits it was also mentioned that they are in discussions with a range of manufactures as their Puma arrangement is up at the end of this coming season, and they are looking into the fact that replica kits aren’t of a high quality. Apparently they’re made of different material or something.

From a footballing perspective, Mike spoke quite passionately about youth development which is offcourse his background, suggesting that the QAS needs an overhaul and that the club are willing to help in this regard. Han Berger is actually coming up to Brisbane in the next week for discussions about what can be done. Mike went on to talk about the fact that young players need 40+ weeks of football per season in order to develop, and that the club has no plans to put a youth side into the BPL, or NPL saying their role is to support those competions. They are however trying to create a pathway that see’s talented 16 year olds entering the Roar youth system, with the aim of having them ready of A-League football by the age of 18.

When it came to the A-League squad and last season, Mike was quick to acknowledge something which was long believed that mistakes were made in the early part of last season, and that there was a sense of entitlement after winning back to back championships. He went on to talk about how he went through an observation process when he first took over and quickly realised that people needed to get back to thinking and working together. Mulvey went on to say that despite the positive turn around towards the end of the season- we got what we deserved, tears. It was good to see and hear the club acknowledge the mistakes of last season, and not just gloss over them by saying we got within 1 game of a 3peat.

Moving on to this season, Mulvey had 3 players he wanted to bring to the club in order to turn things around. He admitted that Miller and McKay were on that list, however he didn’t go into details on the 3rd. Looking back, it’s a good chance he was referring to FC Utrecht attacker Eduardo Duplan, who was linked with a move to the A-League before he signed a new deal with Utrecht. He wouldn’t promise much for this season, other than that they would be ‘super competitive’ this season. He also said something about a change in midfield –which if you’ve read last seasons match reviews on here I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions. Essentially he said that Brattan wont just be the sitting midfielder, and there will be a fair amount of interchangability’ between the midfield trio, the wide men and also Berisha upfront.

In relation to new signings, there was a bit of a mixed response to this one, with GM Dobson suggesting there isn’t a lot of room in the salary cap to sign anyone else (given the extensions to key championship winners). Mulvey on the other hand pointed out that they need an injury replacement for Lambadaridis who did his knee at the Albany Creek game. Mulvey went on to say that he’s not afraid to give youth a chance highlighting the development of Luke Brattan, Corey Brown and James Donachie. Mulvey also went on to highlight youngsters Kwame Yeboah, Ben Liftin, Patrick Theodore, Lachlan Jackson and Brandon Borrello saying they are impressive young players who will play A-League football, and that he considers those five as apart of his senior squad (despite none of them officially being apart of that). Just to finish up, Mulvey indicated he would like 1-2 more players, but Dobson was non-committal on the prospect.

Non-committal would also best describe his answer to a question relating to a new training base for the club, simply saying ‘no comment’ before swiftly moving on to the next question. You can read whatever you want into that, but my own interpretation is that there is probably a deal ready to be signed off on or in advanced stages of planning. We shall see however. They also stressed that there are no plans to build a new stadium, stating that Suncorp Stadium is the clubs home for the long term.

Just to wrap this up- I’ll dot point the rest of it.
On memberships/crowds:
– The club is using the One Goal program to boost memberships.”
– Dobson admitted the clubs 10k goal is unrealistic for this season, however he thinks 8 or 9k is achievalble.
-There is a plan to average 15,000 this season.
– Dobson admitted the club has used part of the clubs marketing budget in order to seal the deal to bring Matt McKay home. He said the owners were fantastic making extra money available to sign McKay, but he said there was a shortfall and they had to find some extra money.

On ‘The Brisbane Roar way’
– Mostly ingrained now due to the success of recent seasons.
– Mulvey challenged the coaching staff to characterise the Roar way, and the characteristics of each position in the system.
– Mulvey says entertaining him and the fans is what he stresses every game
– Mulvey grew up watching Bobby Charlton and talked about getting excitement watching players like that. He said he wants that for the fans of Brisbane.

On Preseason:– They’re evaluating the 2013 road show now in order to improve things.
– The main priority of the club and football department is ‘minutes in the legs’ and good pitches.
– Dates are dictated by head of conditioning Ken Stead who plans the program out well in advance.
– The idea of international tours and international games was mentioned, however it should be the ‘right opportunity and right club’
– They asked fans if it’s important for the games to be in Brisbane, or if spreading them around Qld is a good idea.
– General consensus was that it’s not essential, but local games in Brisbane + some sort of overseas tour/international game would be the best.

Miscellaneous:
-The club spends a lot of time in the community, however sending players to registration/trophy presentation days.
– The club would like to release more stats for fans to get a greater understanding, but would prefer to keep those in house more often than not. Personally- id love to see some reliable passing stats made available.
-The Dec 20 game is expected to be at Suncorp Stadium, despite the concerts the stadium has arranged. They’ve made it clear the turf can be re-laid within 24hours. Season ticket holders will get into this game on their membership card. We shall see.
-There are some discussion
-More than half the room believed that the club should have a team song, however it should grow organically from the den, and should be supporter lead.
-There is a possibility of a W-League/A-League double header at Suncorp Stadium sometime in early December.
– The clubs website is run by the FFA and is as difficult for them to use as it is for us to read it. The deal with Optus is over, however it’s still being run centrally by the FFA.
-There was a discussion about how to engage the ‘Euro snobs’. Dobson believed the SBS free to air exposure would help, while Mulvey went on to talk about not being able to beat the atmosphere and experience of live football.
-Mulvey had a bit of a pop at the FFA scheduling saying that there should be breaks for international weekends- dah!
-Roar could be missing a few for the rnd 1 game vs. Wellington, but they’ll be missing a bunch due to the NZ WCQ games. Mulvey wants to fly over and scout them because they’re a new team this year, however Dobson was non-committal.
-The club wants to be seen as successful, and has a belief if that they’re successful for 5 years they’ll be seen by the general Brisbane public as a successful organisation.
-Finally, they’re considering the idea of dropping the price of Den memberships, and the idea of making it a members only section.

That just about covers it I think, as I mentioned it’s pretty long but it covers basically everything that was discussed on the night. There is supposedly another one of these planned for future weeks, and id encourage everyone to either attend or send in your questions.

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Former players update: 26/08/2013

Transfer movement:
Two this week. Firstly Liam Reddy confirmed his move from Sydney United in the NSWPL to A-League Champions Central Coast Mariners on a 1 year deal. In addition to that Kofi Danning has re-joined Brisbane Roar to continue his rehab. He is a non playing member of the squad while he rehabs, at which time his situation will be re-evaluated.

Notable former players who are currently free-agents.
Spase Dilevski (Uncontracted since his Melbourne Victory contract expired in May 2013)
Tae Yong-Shin (Uncontracted since his coaching contract with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma was terminated in November 2012)
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Location unknown since his contract with Al Arabi expired)

Europe:
Netherlands:
Eredivise:

Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)
Utrecht 2-0 AZ Alkmaar
12th in Eredivise (After 4 Rounds)
Utrecht picked up their first win of the new season with a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar. The only one of the former Roar trio was Oar, who had a hand in both of the goals. They’ll travel to Stef Nijland’s PEC Zwolle next week. Tommy played the full 90 minutes.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
Zwolle 2-0 Cambur
4th in Eredivise (After 4 Rounds)
4 wins from 4 now for Zwolle. Nijland came on after 74’minutes. They host Utrecht next week.

Germany:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
2nd in German Bundesliga (After 3 Rounds)
Robbie finally made his competitive debut for Bayer this weekend, however it was only as an 88th minute time wasting substitute. They travel to Schalke 04 next week.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Fortuna Dussledorf 1-0 Bochum
10th in 2.Bundesliga- (After 5 Rounds)
Ben wasn’t involved in the squad again this week, and is still yet to make his competitive debut for Fortuna. They’ll travel to Armenia Bielefeld next weekend.

Switzerland:
Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

Dario’s reported new team sit 9th in the 10 team Swiss Super League after 6 games on just 3points. They most recently had a 0-0 home draw with Thun, and will travel to Aarau on the weekend.

Croatia:
Steven Lustica (Hajduk Split)

Istra 1961 1-0 Hajduk
4th in HNL (After 6 Rounds)
Steven was an unused sub. They travel to Lokomotiva on Thursday, before also travelling to Osijek on Sunday.

Cyprus:
Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

The Cypriot League kicks off this weekend as Alki host Aris.

Asia:
Japan:
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Kyoto Sanga 2-4 Fagiano Okayama
Tokyshima Vortis 1-1 Kyoto Sanga
6th in J.2 League (After 31 Rounds)
Takahashi is back in the reserves. They host Roasso Kumamoto

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
Giravanz Kitayushu 2-0 Gifu
JEF United 1-1 Gifu
22nd in J.2 League (After 31 Rounds)
Dong didn’t play in either game- they host Tokyo Verdy next week.

China:
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

Wuhan Zall 1-0 Tianjin Teda
14th in Chinese Super League-(After 21 matches)
Erik started, but was substituted after 76 minutes. They’ll host Guangzhou Evergrande next week.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

Gyeongnam 0-0 Seoul
11th in K-League (After 23 rounds)
Not sure if he played or not. They’ll travel to Chunnam Dragons next.

India:
James Meyer (Pune FC)

No games until October 5.

Thailand:
Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi F.C.)

Chonburi 0-0 Suphanburi
Suphanburi 0-0 Ratchaburi
4th in Thai Premier League (After 24 Rounds)
Rocky came on in the 50th minute against Chonburi and was an unused sub vs. Ratchaburi.

Indonesia:
Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Persib 1-2 Persiram
3rd in Indonesian Super League (After 31 matches)
Sergio started, and played the full 90 mins, scoring in 71st minute from the penalty spot.

North America:
Costa Rica:
Jean Carlos Solórzano (Puntarenas)

Puntarenas 2-1 Alajuelense
2nd in Costa Rican Primera (After 4 games)
No idea if JCS played against his former team or not.


Kofi Danning returns to Brisbane

The club has this afternoon confirmed that Kofi Danning has returned to Brisbane in order to continue his rehab on his knee. The press release from the club this afternoon seemed to indicate it was a preference for Danning to undergo his rehab in familiar surroundings and the club view it as their responsibility to help him back to full fitness. They also said that a decision will be made at a later date about a contract.

Danning, 22, was previously apart of the Roar squad in 2011-12 when the club won a second consecutive championship. Kofi made 14 appearances in the league and Champions League, scoring just the 1 goal –against Central Coast- and was largely a peripheral figure featuring mostly off the bench. Last season wasn’t particularly kind to Kofi, with a season ending knee injury and just the four appearances for Brisbane’s Belgian sister club CS Vise. In the past the attacker has played for Sydney, AIS and the Australian u/20 and u/23 teams.

This isn’t much of a surprise in all truth with all the recent stories around the place about Kofi preferring to remain in Australia for his rehab, and the fact he was in Brisbane. They also removed all doubt yesterday when his name was on the team sheet for the game against the Heart in Lismore.

Because Kofi is only rehabbing with the club and is not a contracted player for now, he has no bearing on the clubs A-League squad from a numbers and salary cap perspective. They will have to however have to keep a roster spot open for him however in the event that they do decide to add him to the squad.

It will however be a long time before we see Kofi back on the field –in Brisbane or elsewhere-. In truth if he can get himself fit for the latter rounds of the National Youth League campaign for the upcoming season, that would be the best case scenario as it would give Brisbane a chance to assess his progress in a competitive game as opposed to training. It’s a long road ahead for Kofi however, and we wish him all the best.


Weekly former players update: 21/08/13

Transfer movement:
The only major transfer movement is a report that Jean Carlos Solórzano has moved clubs, from Alajuelense to Puntarenas in his homeland. Other than that former goalkeeper Liam Reddy will be confirmed as a new signing for Central Coast tomorrow. Other than that former Roar NYL player Dane Milovanovic –who was in Indonesia with Pelita Bandung Raja- has returned to Australia

Notable former players who are currently free-agents.
Kofi Danning (Uncontracted since agreeing to terminate the 2nd year of his deal with CS Vise)
Spase Dilevski (Uncontracted since his Melbourne Victory contract expired in May 2013)
Tae Yong-Shin (Uncontracted since his coaching contract with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma was terminated in November 2012)
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Location unknown since his contract with Al Arabi expired)

Europe:
Netherlands:
Eredivise:
Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)
Twente 6-0 Utrecht
12th in Eredivise (After 3 Rounds)
Only Tommy was involved in the game. He started, and was subbed off after 73 mins. Zullo and Sarota weren’t in the squad. They’re at home to AZ Alkmaar next week.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)Nec Nijmegen 1-5 PEC Zwolle
4th in Eredivise (After 3 Rounds)
The promoted side are now 3 wins from 3 and are flying. Nijland came on after 63’. They’re at home to Cambur next week.

Germany:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Freiburg
3rd in German Bundesliga (After 2 Rounds)
Robbie was an unused sub as Bayer started their Bundesliga campaign. They’re at home to Moenchengladbach next week. Kruse once again failed to make his competitive debut- remaining an unused sub.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Union Berlin 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
9th in 2.Bundesliga- (After 4 Rounds)
Ben wasn’t involved in the squad again this week, and is still yet to make his competitive debut for Fortuna. They’ll host Bochum this week.

Croatia:
Steven Lustica (Hajduk Split)
Hajduk 1-0 Slaven Koprivinca
2nd in HNL (After 5 Rounds)
*1 game in hand
Steven was an unused sub. They travel to Istra 1961 on Sunday.

Cyprus:
Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

Cypriot league starts August 31st. Alki begin at home to Aris.

Asia:
Japan:
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Yokohama 1-0 Kyoto Sanga
5th in J.2 League ( After 29 Rounds)
Takahashi is back in the reserves. They’ll face Fagiano Okayama next week.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
Gifu 1-4 Mito Hollyhock
22nd in J.2 League (After 29 Rounds)
Dong wasn’t in the squad, and he’s only made the 1 appearance since signing for them. They’re now 3pts from safety and will face Giravanz Kitakyushu next week.

China:
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

Tianjin Teda 2-3 Shanghai SIPG
13th in Chinese Super League-(After 20 matches)
Erik started, but was substituted after an hour. They’ll play Wuhan Zall next.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

Pohang 0-0 Gyeongnam
11th in K-League (After 23 rounds)
After starting last week, it was back to the bench for Luke this week. The draw ends a 4 game losing streak. They’ll host FC Seoul next week.

India:
James Meyer (Pune FC)

No games until October 5.

Thailand:
Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi F.C.)
Suphanburi 0-1 Arny United
4th in Thai Premier League (After 22 Rounds)
Rocky came on with 15mins remaining.

Indonesia:
Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Persib 2-1 Persidafon
3rd in Indonesian Super League (After 30 matches)
Sergio started, and played the full 90 mins. No goals this week however.

North America:
Costa Rica:
Jean Carlos Solorzano (Puntarenas)

Puntarenas 1-2 Herediano

5th in Costa Rican Primera (After 2 games)

Im not sure when the transfer went through, but he wasn’t involved in their most recent game.


Substitutes increased from 4 to 5

Via FFA: Today the Football Federation has confirmed that from next season the amount of substitutes on the bench will go up from 4 to 5. The intention of the move is to provide greater tactical flexibility for coaches in their substitutes, and there is also a belief that it might further encourage coaches to pick younger players in the games, with the knowledge they have an extra player on the bench to replace them with. The increase was reportedly strongly encouraged and campaigned for by all of the coaches around the league.

More players on the bench, but the plastic chairs survive

More players on the bench, but the plastic chairs survive

This move makes a tonne of sense obviously, and anything that gives coaches greater degrees of flexibility is a good thing, and they’ve been using 5 man benches for the finals series for about 4 years now anyway. The foolish argument about ‘travel costs for an extra player’ was always a flawed one given that most weeks for away games teams have their NYL squads with them, and they typically travel with a spare player anyway when they don’t. It will be interesting now to see how coaches use this new found flexibility, and with Brisbane having a lot of younger players hopefully it allows them to get some more time in and around the first team squad. From the sounds of it however, they will still be using the plastic ‘Bunnings’ chairs for the upcoming season –except in Wellington for some bizarre reason-, despite almost all of the grounds having proper bench capacity.


Weekly former Brisbane Roar players wrap- 14/08/2013

Transfer movement:
Since the last update, three former players have secured a new deal with clubs- one of which is back in Brisbane as Matt McKay became the first player two sign for Brisbane for a 2nd time as the Australian marquee player. Joining Matt back in the A-League next season is Kiwi attacker Kosta Barbarouses who has joined Melbourne Victory- who now have 3 former Roar players on their books in Jason Geria, Mitch Nichols and Barbarouses. Finally, last weeks rumoured move of James Meyer to the Indian Premier League side Pune FC- I linked a video interview earlier today if you missed it.

Notable former players who are currently free-agents.
Kofi Danning (Uncontracted since agreeing to terminate the 2nd year of his deal with CS Vise)
Spase Dilevski (Uncontracted since his Melbourne Victory contract expired in May 2013)
Tae Yong-Shin (Uncontracted since his coaching contract with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma was terminated in November 2012)
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Location unknown since his contract with Al Arabi expired)

Europe:
Netherlands:
Eredivise:
Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)

Groningen 2-0 Utrecht
12th in Eredivise (After 2 Rounds)

Only Tommy was involved in the game. He started, picked up a yellow card in the 40th min, and was subbed off after 82mins. Zullo and Sarota weren’t in the squad. They’re away to Twente next weekend.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
Heracles 1-3 PEC Zwolle
4th in Eredivise (After 2 Rounds)

Zwolle have continued their dream start in the Eredivise after their promotion. They’ve got NEC Nijmegen away next week. Stef made his competitive debut this week, coming on in the 87th minute.

Germany:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Freiburg
3rd in German Bundesliga (After 1 Round)

Robbie was an unused sub as Bayer started their Bundesliga campaign. He’ll get another chance to make his Leverkusen debut next week away to Stuttgart

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-2 1860 Munich
9th in 2.Bundesliga- (After 3 Rounds)

Ben wasn’t involved in the squad this week, and is still yet to make his competitive debut for Fortuna. They’ll travel to Union Berlin next week.

Croatia:
Steven Lustica (Hajduk Split)

Dila 1-0 (Europa League playoff- Leg 2)
*Dila win 2-0 on aggregate

4th in HNL (After 4 Rounds)
*1 game in hand

Hajduk are out of the Europa League after 1-0 losses home and away to Georgian side Dila. Steve wasn’t involved in the game. Canada finished bottom of Group A with a 1-0 loss to Martinique, 2-0 loss to Mexico and a 0-0 draw with Panama.

Cyprus:
Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

Cypriot league starts August 31st. Alki begin at home to Aris.

A close season update on Issey. He was apart of the Canadian squad for the 2013 Gold Cup- won by the USA. Issey wasn’t involved against Martinique, played 62’ mins against Mexico and came on in the 81st against Panama.

Asia:
Japan:
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Ehime 2-0 Kyoto Sanga
4th in J.2 League ( After 28 Rounds)
*7 points from an automatic promotion place

Takahashi wasn’t in the squad. They play Yokohama FC next week.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
Gifu 1-0 Vissel Kobe
22nd in J.2 League (After 28Rounds)

They’ll face Mito Hollyhock next week. Dong wasn’t in the squad. They’re now 2pts from safety.

China:
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

13th in Chinese Super League-(After 19matches)

Tianjin had the weekend off, they’ll face Shanghai SIPG next week.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

Gyeongnam 0-3 Suwon Bluewings
11th in K-League (After 22 rounds)

Luke was back in the starting line-up this week for just the 2nd time since his return from a knee injury, and he played the full 90 minutes. They’ll face Pohang away from home next weekend.

India:
James Meyer (Pune FC)

Pune 2-0 Arrows
2nd in I-League (After 26 matches)

There’s only 2 matches left in the season from what I can see, the first of which is away to Mohun Bagan. James wasn’t involved for his new club.

Thailand:
Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi F.C.)

BEC Tero Sasana 1-1 Suphanburi
4th in Thai Premier League (After 20 Rounds)

Rocky started for his new team, however he was subbed off with 15mins remaining.

Indonesia:
Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Persiba Balikpapan 1-1 Persib
4th in Indonesian Super League (After 29 matches)

No game this weekend.


Bakrie Football moving development academy to Indonesia, Roar to play a bigger role.

Yesterday I mentioned a twitter exchange with the Vice Chairman Chris Fong relating to the Qld Treasurer Tim Nicholls being in Jakarta to discuss developments related to the Roar. Well today there is more news on that front. Rather than describe it all to you, I’ve simply screenshot the relevant tweets. You can read more here.

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Essentially, from the sound of that it seems like the Bakrie Group have ended their involvement in Uruguayan academy side Deportivo Indonesia, and are bringing their youth development program back to Jakarta where Brisbane’s practices will be put into place. How this affects or benefits the Roar is yet to be determined, however it is at the very least a thumbs up in a way for their youth development plan. Hopefully this morphs into a state of the art training facility here in Brisbane that houses both the A-League, W-League and NYL teams, and also an academy to give Queensland’s youngsters a chance to develop from a young age in an elite academy pathway.