Upon arriving in the north-eastern Egyptian city of Port Said for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, young Socceroo centre-back Luke DeVere has spoken of Brisbane Roar teammate Craig Moore’s mentorship towards the budding talent.
DeVere hopes that this tournament will provide him a similar springboard to that of his influential teammate’s – revealing that Moore gave him some timely advice prior to departing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.
“He spoke to me briefly about the Under 20 World Cup and mentioned a few of his experiences. He said it was a great time for him being a young player and a great platform to try and launch yourself from,’’ said DeVere, ahead of the squad’s opening match against Czech Republic on September 27.
“He told me about some of the games they played and how exciting it was to reach the semi finals.
“In terms of Australian players, you couldn’t ask for a better mentor I suppose. The experience I’ve gained from him has been invaluable to me as a player and how I progress from here.’’
DeVere describes Moore as the ‘biggest influence’ on his short career, and hopes to emulate his 33-year-old teammate – who played for Rangers, Crystal Palace, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Newcastle United before returning home to the A-league.
“If he feels he can give some advice to me he’ll let me know. If I think I need some advice I’ll ask him and pick his brains for his take on things,’’ revealed the youngster.
“And watching him you pick up a lot of things you wouldn’t pick up playing with anyone else I suppose.
“He’s well and truly been the most influential person I’ve worked with.
“I’ve improved a fair bit in the last two years. I’m bigger and stronger but in terms of my technical ability, it’s come a long way and hopefully it will continue to develop a lot more.
“Playing in the A-League, training with the Young Socceroos and learning from Craig and the senior boys have all helped me.’’
Craig Moore was a key member of the 1993 under-20 side that reached the semi-finals on in the World Youth Championship on home soil. The tournament marked the beginning of a highly successful career for Moore – who has since appeared for the senior national side on 43 occasions, and counting.