South Melbourne young gun Matthew Millar is hopeful an A-League club will take a gamble on him having learned from past mistakes.
While South were soundly beaten 5-1 in their FFA Cup semi-final against Sydney FC on Wednesday, Millar starred individually.
The 21-year-old winger was in the thick of South’s play, particularly when they enjoyed a 25-minute spell of dominance at the beginning of the second half.
Millar went close to putting an exclamation point on his performance when he looked to chip Sydney shot-stopper Andrew Redmayne from all of 40 yards with the game in the balance at 2-1.
The shot floated wide and Sydney ran away with the match in a canter from there.
In a win for the cup as a shop window, Perth Glory announced the dual signings of NPL duo Mitch Mallia and Jeremy Walker.
The former name, a former Central Coast and Sydney junior, caught the eye when his now former club Blacktown City met Western Sydney Wanderers in the quarter-final.
Wiser after his two-year stay with Melbourne City spanning 2015 and 2016, Millar said A-League clubs can expect a matured player should they opt to sign him.
“I had a bit of a taste for it with Melbourne City about a year go and that was a real eye opener,” he told Thursday’s Daily Football Show.
“I think I learned a lot from it in the aspect that you don’t take anything for granted.
“I used to just rock up to training and get through it, but in hindsight, looking at it now, if I ever had the opportunity to go up, you’d take every session as if it was your last and just give it your all.
“I think that’s the main thing I took and hopefully I get another chance to show what I can do.”
With 55 games and 17 goals at South under his belt, Millar is still looking to continue fine-tuning his game to grab another chance at professional level.
He has added a whole new string to his bow at Lakeside. There, he has been used predominantly in attack versus in defence at City.
“I think just the decision-making in the final third, me and CT (Chris Taylor) have been working on it a lot throughout the South Melbourne season,” Millar added.
“We know it’s a part of my game that can really take me to the next level.
“That’s things like when I’m in the final third, looking up, picking them out, taking them on, do I cross it, that kind of thing.
“I think that’s the big thing to take me to the next step.”