National technical director Han Berger set for FFA stay

The Dutchman will remain in the role until at least mid-2014, while the FFA have also announced the latest nomination for the A-League's young player of the year Indonesia   By GOAL.COM

Football Federation Australia have reappointed national technical director Han Berger until July, 2014.

Hired four years ago, the Dutchman will continue his work on a part-year basis, allowing him to work with the FFA for eight months of the year and spending the remaining time with his family in his homeland.

Since his appointment, Berger has updated the coaching and player education programs and delivered the FFA national curriculum in 2009.

In the process of an update into the latter, Berger is delighted to be able to continue his work with the FFA.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue my work with FFA which has given me great satisfaction and enjoyment over the last four years," he said via statement.

"I am not at all satisfied that we have gone as far as we can go in lifting the quality of our football, our players and our coaches, and getting the message out across Australia and I am pleased to have an extended term to do this. 

"In particular I want to see the benefit of the improved coaching education programs and programs for talented players come to fruition with better results for our national youth teams, and eventually with the Socceroos and Matildas.   

"I am looking forward to the next steps and continuing to work with the good people in football in this country."

In other news, national coach education manager Kelly Cross will remain in his role, with former Australia striker Alastair Edwards will continue to assist Berger.  An assistant national technical director for women's football is being sought

Meanwhile, Central Coast young gun Tom Rogic has been announced as the second nominee for the FFA's 2012-13 Young Footballer of the Year Award.

Rogic has been a standout for the Mariners on a number of occasions this season, with his highlight coming in Week 5 against Sydney FC when he netted a double in the team's 7-2 victory.

His year has been capped off with a debut for the Socceroos against South Korea in November, and he made great use of his opportunity by impressing coach Holger Osieck, who has since selected the 19-year-old in Australia's squad for the East Asian Cup qualifiers.

Despite his quick rise to prominence, Rogic still wants to build his game and considers the Mariners to be one of his highest priorities.

"The past month has not only been great for myself but for the club, the Mariners are sitting at the top of the table and we've had a few good results so hopefully we can keep building on that," Rogic said.

"For myself, getting my first call-up for the national team was an amazing honour, and I feel very privileged and very grateful for the opportunity.

"It was great to get my debut against Korea Republic and now to be here for the East Asian Cup qualifiers is even better."

Rogic joins Newcastle Jets midfielder Craig Goodwin as nominee for the award. Four more players will be nominated throughout the remainder of the A-League season.

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