Skipper Curtis Good says the Young Socceroos have formed a tight-knit group as they prepare for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey
Curtis Good has talked up the importance of the Young Socceroos' powerful team bond, and are heading into their Under-20 World Cup opener against Colombia full of confidence.
The group sat together and watched their senior counterparts qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a nail-biting 1-0 win over Iraq on Tuesday and, in the captain's eyes, the experience will provide added motivation for their own adventure in Turkey this month.
"We all watched the game as group, and seeing them qualify was amazing," Good said at the team hotel outside Trabzon on Friday.
"It's already a close playing group, and watching that has given us that extra bit of motivation heading into the match."
Good conceded competition over a possible spot on the plane to Brazil has provided an interesting subtext to relationships in the Young Socceroos camp, but is confident the players will only prosper within Paul Okon's squad.
"Everyone wants to be there (Brazil)," he said.
"In the back their minds everyone wants to play for the Socceroos and with some good performances they could be on the radar.
"Again it provides extra motivation, and, if anything, it can be a positive, because the only way we will perform is if we perform as a team.
"There's no issues and no personality clashes, and with a coach in Paul everyone's on the same page."
Despite arguably the toughest of their three group fixtures - against a promising Colombia side - coming first, Good believes Australia are capable of producing a positive opening result, to hold them in good stead for progression out of the group stage.
"We've had a look at the footage of a few of their games, and I believe our match against Chile recently provides us with a bit of experience," he said.
"Obviously we can't worry too much about them, and we have to just go out and play our own game.
"Our game relies on getting in between the lines, remaining compact and facing forward. If we can do that, it’ll make a big difference."