Ferreira set to launch at Brisbane Roar
FOOTBALL: When new Roar midfield recruit Diogo Ferreira left Melbourne at 15 to trial with Portuguese super club FC Porto, he had a lot of growing up to do.
"It was massive to leave my family behind and go over there by myself. I was a bit of a mummy's boy, as most 15-year-olds are," he said.
But the move was a good one - he was signed by the club's youth academy before being loaned out to a second-division team.
Then at 18, Ferreira returned to his home city before he was soon picked up by the Victory, where he made 52 appearances.
Now 23, the Socceroos Under-23 representative has been given the chance to grow his career further at the Roar under coach Mike Mulvey.
Like his Portugal experience, Ferreira has been happy at the Roar so far, learning from classy midfielders Thomas Broich and Liam Miller.
"I'm learning a lot (off Broich and Miller). It's not every day you get to play alongside guys of their experience," Ferreira said.
"I think we've got a very strong team. The boss has spoken about it - the guys that train the best will play."
After enjoying Victory coach Ange Postecoglou's attacking game at Melbourne, Ferreira believes he will excel under Mulvey's high-pressing game.
"The boss wants us to be super fit - if we lose the ball we have to be able to win it straight back," Ferreira said.
"We've been encouraged to play football, instead of just knocking the ball long, and I'm all for that."
Ferreira said he would have no hard feelings when the Roar takes on the Victory for the first time next season, on October 25 at Etihad Stadium.
"It will be weird because I left there on a good note with all the boys," he said.
Fellow new Roar recruit and forward, former Sydney FC player Dimitri Petratos, joined the club from Malaysian Super League champions Kelantan.
"We got some decent crowds in Malaysia, but I was happy to come back to the A-League and join a team with a good culture," he said.