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Leigh Broxham

Congratulations Leigh Broxham (pictured). 'Mr Versatile', as David Davutovic dubs him, will not only play his 250th A-League game tonight, but he has played more games with one club than any other player. Good to see.

A 3-day turnaround between matches, and a re-shuffling of his players, gives Kevin Muscat some selection dilemmas for tonight's match v Perth Glory. 

Michael Lynch brings together the dynamics of tonight's match, as well as Broxham's versatility and service to Melbourne Victory. 

A-League

A third successive loss to Brisbane Roar in last night's match against Newcastle Jets, with John Aloisi admitting that his players are battling a 'losing mentality'. 

Ray Gatt says Newcastle Jets have gone a little off the boil since December, but they still did enough to beat a very out-of-sorts Roar. 

Another youngster to get a chance with Paul Okon likely to start 20-year-old midfielder Lachlan Wales in Central Coast Mariners match v Melbourne City tomorrow. (By the way, this is Ray Gatt's weekly Mariners article). 

Adelaide teenager, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos is hoping for more game time after his first A-League goal for Adelaide United last week. 

And in more good news for a young player, 18-year-old Nathaniel Atkinson from Tasmania has signed a two-year deal with Melbourne City. 

Give youth a chance!

Player agent John Grimaud says he is 'frustrated' by the lack of playing opportunities for young players. His solution is to reduce the number of visa players permitted in each squad.  Another, of course John, is to see The Championship get going and give both male and female young players more playing opportunities. 

NYL

On a related issue, good read from Dom Bossi on the Western Sydney Wanderers NYL team who play a #SydneyDerby this weekend. More to the point, they are styling their academy on Atheltic Bilbao, and aim eventually for every non-visa player with the Wanderers squad to have come through their academy. 

W-League

Eight games and two months after their first win of the season, Adelaide United has enjoyed their second win - against Newcastle Jets. 

Graham Arnold

In the first of the Arnie PR today, Neil Cordy regurgitates an article from the day before in the same publication highlighting the international interest in Super Coach Arnie. 

'I’ve had a fair bit of interest around the world. I’m like a player, players that are doing well and have success get interest and I’m no different,' says Arnold. Fair enough.

And, for the record, another - this time, from Dom Bossi.

Michael Lynch joins Jonathan Howcroft from last week and says that Graham Arnold should be appointed to the Socceroos coaching role; that, if they believe in Ange's mantra of growing the game here, we need an Australian coach who lives here and can be the game's champion.  


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