Gen­uine drive to suc­ceed needed: coach

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B-Lys­ter-ing tal­ent:

Steer­ing Mel­bourne City’s visit to Shep­par­ton was coach War­ren Joyce, 53, as the English­man em­barks on his sec­ond sea­son in charge of the club.

But while he usu­ally spends his time work­ing to ex­tract the best out of a hand-picked group of ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes, Joyce was look­ing at the fu­ture late Thurs­day, putting a hand­ful of Goul­burn Val­ley young­sters through their paces.

The vet­eran coach worked the tal­ents as hard as he could in an ex­tra­or­di­nary chance for the young play­ers to per­form in front of a pow­er­house club.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in Mel­bourne, Joyce had coached Manch­ester United’s re­serves, Hull City and Wi­gan Ath­letic af­ter a lengthy play­ing ca­reer, but said City matched any of those ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘It’s a pro­fes­sional club, the peo­ple there, the fa­cil­i­ties they’ve got are top notch,’’ he said.

‘‘You would think you were at any big club in Eng­land with the qual­ity of peo­ple that work at the foot­ball club.

‘‘I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed it, the aim is to keep pro­gress­ing and keep mov­ing the club for­ward and hope­fully we can do that this sea­son.’’

Tak­ing a look at the Goul­burn Val­ley young­sters, which in­cluded tal­ents who had re­cently played at the FFA Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships, Joyce was not there Teach­ing: to muck around.

For a coach who has helped shape more than 50 in­ter­na­tion­als, in­clud­ing Manch­ester United stars Paul Pogba, Mar­cus Rash­ford and Jesse Lin­gard, you can learn plenty about a player in a short space of time.

‘‘I’m just go­ing to see what they’re like, re­ally — you can put lit­tle drills on them and see what their tech­nique is like, can see whether they’re good learn­ers and whether they’re good ath­letes as well,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s lit­tle things to test their aware­ness, we’ll get a good idea of where they’re at as play­ers by the end of it.’’

As much as coach­ing and tal­ent are core in­gre­di­ents, Joyce be­lieves a gen­uine drive to suc­ceed is what binds to­gether the recipe for suc­cess.

‘‘They’ve got to have the drive and the ded­i­ca­tion them­selves and if they’re se­ri­ous about play­ing foot­ball or be­ing any kind of sports­man, it’s got to be a way of life, not a job,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve got to do all the ex­tra things and ded­i­cate their life to be­ing the best they pos­si­bly can be.

‘‘The bits I’m look­ing at, ob­vi­ously I’ll put lit­tle tests on them where they won’t know if they’re be­ing tested, but I’ll get an idea if they have good aware­ness, if they have good touch, you’ll see by one or two things if they can pick things up quickly.’’

Some­one who hopes he is on the Joyce-led jour­ney to suc­cess is Co­bram young­ster Gian­luca Ianucci, the for­mer GV Sun and City academy tal­ent re­cently get­ting game-time for the Cit­i­zens through pre­sea­son.

Joyce said as far as the teen had come, there was still a long way to go.

‘‘He’s got some skill, he’s still at school so he’s not al­ways with us, but he’s got tal­ent and he’s got a trick,’’ Joyce said.

‘‘He’s got to keep work­ing hard, he’s got to push him­self and work hard, and test him­self and chal­lenge him­self.

‘‘He’s got a lit­tle bit of tal­ent, but there’s a long way to go in his ca­reer — as there is for any young player. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it be­fore they break into the first team.’’

Pic­tures: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Kai and Levi Lys­ter bat­tle it out.

City coach War­ren Joyce gives out in­struc­tions.

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