Brisbane teenager Devante Clut knows it might take some time to force his way into the star-studded Roar team but says there's no better place to launch his career.
Brisbane teenager Devante Clut knows it might take some time to force his way into the star-studded Roar team but says there's no better place to be to launch his young career.
Born and raised in Sydney and a former Australian Nike The Chance winner, Clut took a punt at the start of the season and left his family behind to join the Roar.
The 18-year-old has made just one league appearance so far but made quite an impression, scoring one of the goals of the season in a stunning debut against Wellington.
He hasn't played another game since and while some youngsters might have taken exception to the snub, the emerging midfielder is prepared to bide his time.
With the likes of Thomas Broich, Liam Miller, Matt McKay and Luke Bratten at the club and a fresh two-year deal secured, Clut knows he's in the best place to improve his game.
"Brisbane is a very hard team to break into but Mike's (coach Mike Mulvey) given me chances and I've felt I've done well," said Clut, who is part of his first Young Socceroos camp in Sydney this week
"He always picks the best team on the day and there's a lot of experienced players in front of me.
"But for my development and the way I've planned my future I think Brisbane is the best place for me. Every training session I'm learning something from Thomas (Broich), Liam Miller, Matty (McKay) and those guys.
"They are always giving me tips, trying to push me further and further. I couldn't ask for any greater players really and any other club. It's been the best move I've made."
Clut described the experience of seeing the club secure the Premiers' Plate on Saturday night as the best feeling in his young career.
But he said there was no way the Roar squad would take their foot off the gas over the closing three rounds of the regular season and they had already switched their focus to completing the double.
"Mike and the team was happy with winning the Premiers' Plate but we're not satisfied," Clut said.
"Our goal as a team was to be in the grand final and win the grand final. That's been our goal from day one.
"This is a good point in the season for us for us but not the end. We've still got work to do for the rest of the season and the boys won't be happy unless we win the grand final."
Asked about his first experience in the Young Socceroos set up, Clut said: "I don't see it as a shock or anything like that. It's more of a privilege than anything and anytime I get selected I try and run with it.
"(Coach Paul Okon) has his philosophy and I agree with it a lot. It's my style of football and I can fit in with it. He generalises everything, he doesn't really pick out stuff individually because we're a team and we have to work together.
"The more we work together the better we look as a unit and that's the important thing."
The Young Socceroos will play a training match against the Marconi Stallions at 6:45pm tonight at Marconi Stadium.
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