Date: 12th July 2015 at 8:00pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has talked about the nine omissions from our tour to the Gold Coast this week, and said that the youngsters who have the opportunity to shine in their absence have to take their chance.

With the Copa America only having recently finished plus a batch of June related European qualifiers, we headed to Australia on Friday with only nine of our senior players available.

The rest of the group includes 16 youngsters from Patrick Vieira’s EDS squad.

Speaking to the Official Site having touched down ahead of the upcoming games against Adelaide and Melbourne City, the gaffer explained that some of those who didn’t travel would link up with us later this week but it will be two games with largely a youthful feel to it.

‘We`ll have a mix of the young players and the first-team – we`ve brought many important young players who have the chance to demonstrate why they are in this squad. For that reason, I am sure supporters coming to see us play against Melbourne will see a very beautiful game. We expect it will be a useful game for both teams – we are just starting the season, so it`s important we play as hard as we can and it will be a good experience to play.’

One youngster making the trip is 16 year old Cameron Humphreys who seems quite exited by the tag of ‘youngest player’ in the squad.

In his own interview, he explained.

‘It`s good for me to be the youngest here because that just means I have the most people to look up to.’

One way of looking at it I guess.

‘It`s easier to settle in when you know people already here – I`ve known Brandon (Barker) and Evo (George Evans) for a while. I`ve also spoken to Kompany a couple of times at games before, so that`s good. I`ve watched him and have noticed he always take the lead in everything he does – even if it`s just running around the pitch, he`s always in front. He`s a leader and he`s someone I really look up to.’

With Humphreys being our Players’ Player of the Year for 2014-15 at Academy level, big things are hoped for from him but obviously he’s got a long way to go yet and a lot of developing still to do, but this tour should be a massive experience for him and working so closely with the first team squad should be a real learning curve.

The centre half went on to add.

‘It`s extra special to win Players` Player of the Year as it`s your teammates who chose it and they think you`ve deserved it. I was out having some food in town when (EDS Team Manager) Marc Boixasa called me to say that I was on the list for the first-team. I was shocked – I couldn`t believe it until I was actually training with them the other day.’

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