Central Coast Mariners gloveman Tom Glover hopes he can demonstrate what he has learned from Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm in the A-League.
Glover, 19, joined the Mariners on loan from parent club Tottenham Hotspur in July, joining Adam Pearce and Ben Kennedy in Paul Okon’s goalkeeping stocks.
Sydney-born Glover linked up with Spurs in 2014, two seasons after France international Lloris joined but at a similar time to Dutchman Vorm.
Despite spending much of his time with Spurs’ junior teams, Glover explained on Friday’s Daily Football Show that he has picked up plenty from the experienced duo.
“As a young kid, these are the guys you aspire to be and before I went over there, I was watching clips of Hugo and to work with him on a regular basis is a dream really,” he said.
“You learn so much from these guys because they are the best in the world and even when you’re not working you watch them and you pick up little things to out into your game that they have.
“I’ve taken it to the next level working under these guys.”
Glover pinpointed his agility and awareness across the penalty area as having improved most alongside the 90 times-capped Les Blues shot-stopper.
“His (Lloris’) strength is his speed (across the penalty area) and that was something I needed to work on,” Glover added.
“Working with him, obviously he’ll go first and I’ll follow him so I want to try to be as quick as him across the goal.
“Working with him him for two years has really helped that attribute … now I’m as quick as I’ve ever been really.”
Though unused for the game, Glover’s time with the Mariners started in less than ideal fashion, with the Gosford club stunned 3-2 by Blacktown City in their FFA Cup round of 32 clash.
But he declared he and his teammates had already left the result behind, eager to push ahead with preparations for the new season.
“It is what it is. We didn’t end up winning, but we can’t dwell on it,” Glover said.
“We’ve got to move on because we know we’ve got a very big season ahead of us.
“We’ve got a very good team, we’re training well, we’re playing some good football.
“I think everyone’s moved on … if you dwell on it, it’s going to affect you long-term.”
Since the defeat at Lily Homes Stadium, new Mariner Wout Brama has arrived in Australia, declaring Central Coast would reach the finals by the close of the season.
Central Coast will begin their A-League campaign in October with a home F3 Derby against Newcastle Jets.