Originally Posted by DJellett
I can only speak from what I've seen of Curtis, but he is the most dedicated and professional player I've ever encountered - wise beyond his years, and always outworked both his peers and the senior players in training. I certainly believe he will "make it".
As for some other players, I can see your point - I suppose it is a little Harry Kewell syndrome creeping in, with this ridiculous idolisation we have of him and his career in this country. But if players work hard enough, there is always the possibility of breaking through; and by choosing a bigger club, they might be in the right place at the right time, so to speak. Kalac is a good example of player who took this route and, whilst he spent many years as an understudy, eventually broke through (although briefly).
I would say kalac is from the other example, he spent most of his career at lower clubs as the no 1. It was only at the back end of his career after he retired from internationals that he sent time on the bench at AC milan for the chance of titles and champion league football.
Curtis looked good at a-league level. But like others he failed at youth internationals. Hopefully he does well, but reckon he should have gone to club where he might start.