“I just wanted to get out there and make something happen” Dimitroff excels on City debut
Jamie Dimitroff made his long awaited Brisbane City debut on Sunday afternoon as City beat North Queensland United in Townsville and did not disappoint by grabbing a goal and assist in the 4-0 win.
Described as a “clever player” by City coach John Kosmina in his post match notes (read them here), the 19 year old professed to being “delighted” with his contribution on his first start with the seniors.
“Yeah obviously coming off the bench you want to make an impact. I just wanted to get out there and make something happen so for that to happen I’m really delighted to have started off so well.” Dimitroff said.
Having played three matches for the Under 20’s, Dimitroff is in an ideal position to understand the different challenges that Youth and Senior football present, but having spent time in senior set ups elsewhere, the 19 year old was able to adapt quickly to the higher level.
“The physicality and speed of play is always going to be the difference between youth and men’s football, it’s just about really adjusting to that physicality level and adapting and once you do that you can really start to make an impact.”
Dimitroff has excelled in his three games for the Under 20’s in an attacking midfield position but is just as happy playing a variety of roles in the centre of the park as well as hoping to continue to get goals for Brisbane City.
“I’m comfortable playing anywhere in the midfield, I’m a ball playing midfielder so I just like to get on the ball. I’ve played a lot of attacking midfield and I also can play a little bit deeper as well as kind of a number 8 so wherever the coach wants to put me I’m happy to get out there.”
“(Goalscoring is) definitely something I want to work on as well, I think I can get better in that department. As long as I get out there and I’ve got that mentality to make something happen I think good things will come from it.”
The Cairns-raised Los Angeles-born former Joey’s midfielder joined City from American side Seattle Sounders 2, where he played 7 games in the second tier United Soccer League.
Prior to that, Dimitroff played with the Roar Youth and the AIS in Canberra, as well as playing 24 games for the Joeys (Australia’s Under 16/17 squad), including in the side that came third in the 2013 AFF U-16 Youth Championships.
It’s safe to say that not too many players of his age have that kind of footballing CV and Dimitroff hopes to use those experiences to help Brisbane City this season.
“I came late in the pre-season, I was playing in the US with the Seattle Sounders, mostly with their second team and occasionally…with their first team.”
“I was there for a year, it was a really good experience. I’m half American so I had that opportunity to go over there so, it was really good. I got to train with some international players so I got to learn a lot from that time. It was great, I had a really good time.”
“I’ve had a lot of really good experiences so I’m looking forward to hopefully taking that with me into this team.”