MELBOURNE Victory may possibly have just unearthed the closest issue to a clone of classy title-winning defender Matthieu Delpierre.
Former Stuttgart teammate and protégé Georg Niedermeier, 32, exposed that Delpierre, who planted the A-League seed with him for the duration of the Frenchman’s Victory stint in 2014-16, was a huge influence on him.
A Bayern Munich youth merchandise, his breakthrough came when moving to Stuttgart in 2009, exactly where he flourished into one particular of the Bundesliga’s most trustworthy stoppers.
With Rhys Williams and James Donachie departing, Niedermeier will lead the defence alongside Delpierre’s former companion Nick Ansell and new Socceroos phone-up Thomas Deng.
Just above a week out from Victory’s Melbourne derby opener at Marvel Stadium, German Niedermeier stated he would really like to emulate his former companion in crime.
“Big footsteps,’’ Niedermeier stated.
“In the type we perform we are comparable so that is why I could understand a good deal from him. He had my type, was constantly quiet, never ever spoke also considerably, but constantly fighting for the staff, had this staff spirit and a excellent eye for teammates and also knew exactly where to stand and what time and what (was) essential on the pitch.
“On the pitch we had a good connection at Stuttgart, I really enjoyed playing with him and his opinion in the beginning, these were my first years playing with him.”
Victory’s professionalism and epic help base plainly aided them in the pursuit of the German defender, despite the fact that it wasn’t just Delpierre who spoke glowingly of the club.
The Aussie connection extends to Marco Rojas, Mitch Langerak and Robbie Kruse, ex Stuttgart teammates who all have Victory historical past.
“I’ve played with some gamers who have a Melbourne Victory previous and of program when the offer you came in I had a chat with them. The only one particular I spoke (with) ahead of was Matthieu since he came back and we met in Stuttgart,’’ he stated.
“It was interesting to speak with him (Delpierre) and his experiences and he was delighted. So he opened my mind to Australia and as soon as the offer came in I had a chat with Mitch Langerak, Marco Rojas and Matthieu again and they spoke only the best about the club.”