FORMER Rockhampton footballer Josh Rose could be one step closer to his dream after attending a two-day camp under national coach Holger Osieck in Sydney.
The camp concluded yesterday and Rose told The Morning Bulletin he was happy at the way it went.
"It was really good," he said, "it was what I had expected."
Having played for the Central Coast Mariners against Newcastle on Sunday, players from that game, including Rose, were allowed to conduct their recovery session on the opening day of the camp.
However, after the day's work Osieck spoke to the 31 A-League players who had been invited to attend and put them in the picture about requirements to make it onto one of the national teams.
"He said the standard was really good," Rose said, "he also told us about the system he would want us to play."
The Osieck style holds few problems for Rose as it is the same as that used by his club coach Graham Arnold at the Central Coast Mariners.
"He plays a 4-4-2 and likes his wing-backs to get forward and put crosses into the penalty area," Rose said.
Even in his playing days at Berserker, Rose was recognised as a player who likes to go forward and therefore would not need to change his natural game if selected to play in the national team.
Also there are few wing-backs who play on the left hand side and the ones invited to the training camp were realistically looking for under-23 selection.
Rose said the Osieck style of playing the ball quickly along the ground also suits his game.
"It was nice to play football," he said.
During the two days Osieck did not speak to Rose in a one-on-one situation but he did address the group and his message was very positive saying he is impressed with what the A-League is producing.
While happy to get the nod for a trial with the national team, Rose is not happy with the Mariners start to the A-League campaign.
"It is not the best start but the league is very close," he said.
The Mariners are the most successful team since the A-League was formed and Rose said Arnold has given the players a simple message.
"He has told us to stay positive," he said.
One goal from three outings is one reason why the Mariners are not getting the results expected and Rose admitted a little frustration at not yet receiving the type of passes that suits his attacking style.
"I think we are waiting for things to happen," he said. "the team in general is not holding on to the ball as much as we would like."
Yesterday's practice match was played at Leichhardt Oval.
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