They needed a quick, fast and aggressive full-back who might get ahead and assist the assault however do a job defensively. If he needed to be given some teaching within the latter artwork, then who higher than Muscat to offer the schooling?
The Victory boss had been a fearsome proper again for membership and nation again within the days when full-backs had been taught that their first duty was to cease opponents slightly than be an auxiliary winger.
So, a lot to his shock, Roux discovered himself on the highway south from the Central Coast to Melbourne within the off season.
”Becoming a member of Victory was a no brainer. It is the largest membership in Australia, and once they come knocking you need to pay attention, you do not actually suppose twice,” he mentioned.
”It was a little bit of my frustration on the Mariners that after we stored shedding on a regular basis you do get a bit dispirited and also you suppose not one of the huge groups will take a look at you so it was a little bit of a shock that Victory got here calling.
”However as soon as I knew they had been it did gasoline my pleasure about coming down right here.
”I really feel like I’ve fallen again in love with soccer once more.”
He pays tribute to the influence that Muscat and prime gamers like Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen have had on his recreation in just some brief weeks.
”Successful video games is nice, however I additionally really feel like I’ve discovered rather a lot right here, particularly from Kevin Muscat and gamers like Keisuke Honda. From what I’ve seen of him, even in simply these few video games, he appears like the most effective import the A-League has ever had.
”Taking part in with good gamers like him and Toivonen and the others right here makes all of us look higher.
”They learn the play, they make the runs. I’ve linked up nicely with Honda this season and it has been actually satisfying.
”With Kevin Muscat as my coach I’ve discovered extra in regards to the defensive facet of the sport. He has helped me with positioning and I’ve discovered that it is not simply all about bombing ahead on a regular basis.
”I’ve received an help – with Honda for the primary objective within the derby in spherical one – and I received the equaliser in opposition to Glory the week after. I wish to add to each.”
Roux was born in Cape City, South Africa, and his household moved to Auckland in New Zealand when he was simply two. They then relocated to Perth when he was 13, the place he polished his abilities.
”I went to the Mariners in 2013, Graham Arnold signed me after I had performed for NZ within the Youth World Cup.
”On the time the Mariners had simply gained the A-League championship and had been a really aggressive group. Then Arnold left and so did different gamers. It was annoying to go from being a part of a extremely good group to turning into a group that struggled to win video games.
”Issues by no means actually received again to the place they had been. My first 12 months there was excellent and we made the semi-finals and had completed third within the league.
”The subsequent 4 years had been an actual battle. It is exhausting for a younger participant to maintain arising week after week in a group that retains on shedding video games. It does have an effect on your confidence.”
To compound issues, Roux then broke his ankle and sustained ligament harm. He additionally suffered a shoulder damage that stored him out for a while.
”I realised final season that I used to be fairly stale and never in place and the membership felt the identical, so when the possibility got here to maneuver on, they allowed me to.”
He feels Victory have a improper to proper on Saturday having misplaced the primary derby of the season to Metropolis in spherical one.
”The primary recreation in opposition to Metropolis, it positively felt as if we should always have gotten some extent or one thing out of the sport. We took the lead, there was that penalty and we received caught with a sucker punch as we had been attacking.”
Michael Lynch, The Age’s knowledgeable on soccer, has had intensive expertise of excessive degree journalism within the UK and Australia. Michael has lined the Socceroos by means of Asia, Europe and South America of their previous three World Cup campaigns. He has additionally reported on Grands Prix and prime class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has gained a number of nationwide media awards for each sports activities and business journalism.