Nicky Carle is relished the prospect of linking up with new Sydney FC team-mate Kruno Lovrek in the 2012-13 A-League campaign. The attacking midfielder has been impressed with all the Sky Blues off-season signings, but reserved special praise for experienced Croatian striker Lovrek, who signed from Chinese Super League club Qingdao Jonoon in July. "It's only been in the last week that we've been in teams together but I’ve really been enjoying our little combinations and our understanding," he told Four Four Two Australia. "He [Lovrek] can hit a ball, he can hold the ball up. He's got great technique and just a pleasure to play with. It's a pleasure to play with someone who knows the way you play and makes it just that much easier for you."
Robbie Kruse has set his sights on a much-improved second season at Fortuna Dusseldorf. The former Melbourne Victory forward, 23, struggled for opportunities as Fortuna secured promotion from the 2.Bundesliga to the German top-flight. But Australia international Kruse told The World Game he believes he is now far better equipped to deal with the rigours of German football, and expects season 2012-13 to be a far more fruitful one. "The trainer [Norbert Meier] has spoken with me and is happy with me. I've never felt fitter and sharper going into a season," Kruse told the website. "Last season wasn't great for me and I know a lot of people have doubted whether I can make it over here but I've done well in pre-season and I know I am close now. There will be a lot of chances to play this year and I'll just have to take them when they come along. I see this as the next big step in my career."
Central Coast Mariners National Youth League coach and Academy development manager Tony Walmsley will venture west to strengthen ties with Western New South Wales Football. The A-League club and the region's football body developed a formal partnership in March, with Walmsley to spend time with both players and coaches in his visit to the area. Walmsley will spend time with the Western NSW Mariners Under-15 and Under-18 squads during his three-day trip, and will also run a coaching education course. "A number of players from the Western NSW Mariners Under-18s team have impressed us this season and I will be using this visit as another opportunity to assess their potential to train with our National Youth League squad in the near future," he said via club statement.