1 DEC 10 @ 07:00AM BY DANIEL PHAN
NICK Kalmar and Rodrigo Vargas are oft-cited examples of VPL-groomed players established in the A-League.
Their seamless transition from state league football to Australian club soccer’s highest echelons has now inspired Glen and Jason Trifiro to make Victoria’s top-flight their next destination.
The brothers, both Australian representatives at youth level, recently signed with last season’s unexpected finalist Northcote City, and admitted the chance of a step-up to the A-League was a swaying factor behind their decision.
“Everything we do is towards our future,” younger brother Glen said.
“For us, we’re always looking at the future – we always look past our current move and think of where it can potentially lead us.
“With the two A-League franchises in Melbourne, it offers a great opportunity because of the history of players moving from the VPL to the A-League.”
“We’re from Sydney, and everyone there knows us and our game so, for us, this move will give us a fresh start,” the attacking midfielder added.
Glen, 21, who arrives from Perth Glory’s youth team, said he is not intimidated by the at-times uncompromising nature of the VPL.
“I’ve heard the VPL is a bit tough and very physical,” he said. I’m expecting a tough league which will benefit Jason and me.”
“We want to challenge ourselves and a more physical league will help us develop our games.”
Jason is equally enthused about moving south, relishing the prospect of linking up with his brother on the pitch.
“I’m looking forward to playing with my brother,” the holding midfielder said. “I last played with him at Marconi Stallions three years ago; it was an enjoyable experience as we have a lot of understanding.”
City coach Peter Tsolakis hinted he could experiment with the team’s playing formation should the Trifiro brothers meet his expectations when they join the club for pre-season in a few weeks.
“I’ll probably stick to the traditional 4-4-2, where we’ll be hard to break down defensively but I could use a midfield diamond (4-3-1-2 or 4-1-2-1-2) now we’ve got them (Jason and Glen),” he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of footage of them both and I really like what I see.
“They are very skilful and I’ve only had glowing reports about them both.
“If they get protected by the referees then I’m certain they’ll do well here; and if they have skill to burn, then show me!”