Arnold signals young stars to get a chance in the Caltex Socceroos
He gave some current Caltex Socceroos their start in senior football and giving youth a go is set to continue after Graham Arnold was announced as the Caltex Socceroos coach post-Russia.
Arnold has a history of giving young, talented Australian players a go.
It's all part of his ethos around Australian football and the future of the game.
Maty Ryan, Tom Rogic, Trent Sainsbury and Alex Gersbach are just four current Caltex Socceroos who were given their senior starts under Arnold.
And being a former Australian U23s coach, Arnold is well-versed in assessing younger Australian players.
"I'm big on Australian talent," Arnold said on Thursday as he was announced as the new Caltex Socceroos coach post-Russia.
'And I've worked with a lot of those players at the Mariners and at Sydney FC.
"And some of the older players I coached in the Olympics back in 2008. So I've had contact with all of them somehow, somewhere, someway.
"I look forward to developing as much Australian talent with the Olympic team coach and with the junior [national] team coaches.
"It's about giving people the opportunity. And when they do get that opportunity, they are an unknown talent that can come through."
He added: "I see a lot of great strengths in this team. I've worked with a lot of these players. I really believe they are at a ripe age.
"This group of players for the next World Cup [in Qatar] are at the ripe age. A perfect age and I see a lot of talent coming through and I'm excited to look at that."
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