Ange Postecoglou says the recruitment of another former Brisbane Roar player will not herald a change of playing style at Melbourne Victory next season.
Victory unveiled Kosta Barbarouses on Monday after sealing a deal to bring him back to Australia from FC Alania, and he joins ex-Roar team-mate Mitch Nichols at AAMI Park for the coming campaign.
The two players linked up with great success in Queensland, but they will have to do things the Victory way in 2013-14, with Postecoglou committed to the style of play he introduced at the club last term.
“We sign players to fit into our structure and I’m confident both those players can do that,” he said.
“We’re not going to change the way we play, what we’re trying to do is improve the way we play.”
Barbarouses struggled for game-time following his move to Vladikavkaz and was loaned out to Panathinaikos last season.
The 23-year-old failed to find the back of the net in 11 appearances for the Greek club and was reluctant to return to Russia, meaning he had little hesitation in agreeing a return to Australia.
“When Melbourne [Victory] came along it was probably the best option for me to come back and just play, find my feet again,” he said.
“I know Ange and I know what he can get out of me, so that was something I was really looking forward to doing.”
“They’ve got great fans here and I’m looking forward to seeing them week in, week out. It was a big factor, I know they had the biggest average attendance last year and most years. That’s something I’m looking forward to as well.”
Barbarouses is excited by the prospect of rekindling his productive relationship with Nichols, while the possibility of a 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with New Zealand – the All Whites have a crucial two-legged qualifying playoff coming up in November – is a major motivating factor in rediscovering his form.
“We work really well together,” he said of Nichols.
“Looking back at some of my goals, he’s provided the assists for quite a lot of them, so I’m definitely looking forward to working with him again.”
“With the World Cup coming up next year, it was definitely a big factor to come and get some game-time and get back to my best.
“Hopefully I get back to my best here and I don’t doubt that I would be in the squad but hopefully I can have a starting place in the national team from here on out.”
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