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Vidosic peppy for Adelaide A-League return

  • Vidosic peppy for Adelaide A-League return

He's already had phone calls from his old mates, and they've only made Dario Vidosic more eager to get back to his former stomping ground in Adelaide.

Coopers Stadium holds a special place in the 28-year-old's heart, not just for the friends he made but also the success it brought his fledgling career.

Fifty-one appearances and eight goals for Adelaide United was a game-changer for the young attacking midfielder, whose raw talent was finally discovering its full capabilities.

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That was until 2013, when at the start of the Josep Gombau era, Vidosic - by then a valued commodity - was snapped up by Swiss side FC Sion.

On Friday night, more than two years later, he'll return to the venue that gave him so much joy - albeit this time the new Western Sydney Wanderers marquee will be decked in a different kit.

"It'll be special to go back," Vidosic said.

"I had a fantastic time there, I left quite successful.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to win anything as a team, but individually I did quite well and went back overseas from that."

Taking three points from Adelaide will be Vidosic's primary objective, but a bit of sideline fraternising with foes is also on the agenda for the out-of-favour Socceroo.

"There's been a few phone calls this week and speaking even to one or two of the boys that I'm still good friends with from the team and other people that I became very good with away from the football pitch as well," he said.

"That's why it's a very special one to come back for."

It could also rekindle his career.

Despite Vidosic's star quality, he's no certain starter for Friday's game as he continues to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during his troubled seasons in Switzerland, during which he was exiled to the reserves.

He hopes the Wanderers will provide the springboard he needs to catch coach Ange Postecoglou's eye again.

New coach Tony Popovic threw Vidosic on for a half-hour stint in their 3-1 walloping to Brisbane, and his impact showed promise.

Popovic wouldn't give away whether he thought his new charge was ready to start on Friday, but the player himself was confident he's improving every day.

"The key word is patience with me, just to be easy how I work and make sure I give my maximum every day and not overload," he said.

"Every footballer, they want to play. Even if you're injured and you can't even get up, you still want to play.

"I'm no different, I want to play every minute, every day at training. You always want to be a part of it.

"But there's a time where we need to make sure everything is right, not just for myself but what's best for the team as well."

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