Bowles ready for the big-time
BRISBANE Roar youth league coach John Sime is confident Toowoomba junior Daniel Bowles has a big 12 months ahead of him.
Sime was in Toowoomba this week to coach the South-West Queensland under-19 QSL squad and Toowoomba Grammar School squads.
He was also on the look-out for players for the Roar’s youth league squad for next year.
Toowoomba is a fine nursery for the Roar because it produces players like Bowles, who has been an integral part of Brisbane’s team over the past two seasons.
The 19-year-old central defender has impressed at the Roar and Sime, who has nurtured Bowles’ talent over the past two years, expects that to continue.
“Daniel played most of the season in my team and played exceptionally well,” Sime said.
“He got offered an A-League contract at the latter stage of the season. He didn’t have the opportunity to play in any competitive game but he trained well. He’s looking good.
“He’s actually still training in preparation for the under-20 World Cup, so he’s got a big year in front of him.
“He’s done remarkably well, I think, and I think he’s knocking on the door hopefully for big things next year.”
That could include an A-League debut but Sime said that was a big step up in the standard of play.
“He’s got some stiff competition but the pleasing factor is Luke DeVere moved away mid-way through the season – they play in the same position. Milan Susak played in the grand final but he’s moving on,” Sime said.
“We’ve got a young guy who’s coming up from Sydney, Matt Jurman. He’s a central defender.
“So we’ve only got two central defenders plus Daniel, so there’ll be three central defenders for two positions. So he’s got a bit to do but he’s just got to be patient, work hard and he’ll be given the opportunity.”