Graham Arnold sets sights on free-flowing football, and it’s music to Tom...

Graham Arnold sets sights on free-flowing football, and it’s music to Tom Rogic’s ears


Tom Rogic is readying himself for the enticing prospect of “freedom” under new Socceroos manager Graham Arnold. 

Ahead of his first game against Kuwait in Kuwait City on Tuesday morning, Arnold has promised to give his players the chance to express themselves.

“It’s about playing players to their strengths. Australians always have great disciple, great attitude, that’s the least you expect,” Arnold said at a media conference.

“With the attack, we’re giving them rotations, options and freedom. Freedom to express and show their qualities, especially in the opposition half, and freedom of choice.”

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And that is just the tonic for the Celtic No.10, who is expected to be a key part of Arnold’s plans at the helm of the national team.

“It’s very positive and as an attacking player, it’s exciting at the prospect of what we can achieve,” Rogic said.

“There’s definitely freedom for all attacking players which is exciting and something I’m very much looking forward to.

“In my role on the pitch, there’s always a certain element of freedom, but there’s a little bit more emphasis placed upon that.

“As an attacker, you’re always going to try and contribute, whether it’s creating or scoring and it’s going to be no different.

“It’s just about working together. Hopefully it’ll be free-flowing, attacking football and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

It was Arnold who launched Rogic’s professional career, signing him to Central Coast Mariners from the Nike Football Academy in 2012.

Since then Rogic’s star has risen all the way to Glasgow’s famous green and white hoops, in which he has chalked up 93 appearances since 2013.

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Hardened by the demands of Scotland and the regularity of international football, Rogic, who started the Socceroos’ three World Cup games in Russia, declared he has plenty more left to achieve.

“I’ve certainly matured, I’m 25 now and I’ve played a number of games for Australia and there’s a lot of players who will be looking to contribute more and take on more responsibility within the squad,” he added.

“It’s exciting more than anything and I’m really looking forward to it … I think I have a lot more to give in my career as a whole, domestically and internationally and I’ll be looking to do that.”

The Socceroos’ friendly against Kuwait kicks off at 3:30am AEDT on Tuesday morning at Al Kuwait Sports Stadium.

Australia last faced Al-Azraq at the 2015 Asian Cup on home soil under Ange Postecoglou at AAMI Park, winning 4-1.