Nikola Mileusnic says coach Marco Kurz has played a big part in his development into a key contributor for Adelaide United this season.
The 24-year-old only made seven starts last season in what was a difficult campaign for the Reds, who finished next to bottom.
Things are different now as he's blossomed into a key player in the side, who moved back into the top four at the weekend when they beat Perth Glory 2-1.
Mileusnic has now netted six goals in all competitions this season, accumulating a further four assists.
It's only his second year as a professional and he's keeping his feet on the ground, having already once suffered the disappointment of being released by United as a junior when Josep Gombau was in charge of the club.
He believes he has made significant improvements, in part down to the guidance and coaching he's had from Kurz.
"I think this season I've had a much stronger season than last season because I've been here since the beginning," said the attacking midfielder. "And I've gotten used to it and the boys have helped me so much and (Marco) Kurz as well, he's played a massive part in my development.
"I think that if I can get my finishing, my final third, my final ball more consistent I've got a better chance of succeeding in the A-League."
Mileusnic scored the winner against Perth, which was set up by returning skipper Isaias.
He was brilliantly picked out by the Spaniard's long throughball before emphatically firing past keeper Liam Reddy.
"They're the sort of goals and runs you want to receive when you are a winger and it's fantastic to have players like Isa that can do those things and help you out as well," he said.
Adelaide are 33/1 to win the Grand Final and 8/11 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 4/1 with the draw 13/5.
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