EXCLUSIVE: Ange Postecoglou was one of at least three A-League coaches keenly observing the VPL on the weekend with the league’s top scorer Jesse Krncevic said to have impressed.
The son of former Socceroo forward and Belgium league star Eddie Krncevic scored his fifth goal of the Victorian Premier League campaign in South Melbourne’s comeback 3-1 win over Melbourne Knights.
Insiders say Krncevic's form this season shows the 26-year-old is capable of making the step up to the A-League.
Joining A-League grand final winner Postecoglou in the stands were Miron Bleiberg of Gold Coast United and John van’t Schip of Melbourne Heart.
Gold Coast’s forward line has been decimated since the end of the season while the grand final winning Postecoglou is one striker down at Brisbane Roar after losing his Costa Rican Jean Carlos Solorzano to Melbourne Victory.
Krncevic, 26, a tall, powerful striker, has scored five times in seven games for South Melbourne and heads the VPL scoring charts alongside Goran Zoric of Springvale.
Postecoglou has a strong link with South Melbourne after winning two grand finals with the Victorian club during the NSL and coaching the Blues at the 2000 Club World Cup. He is also a former player at South which is coached by Jesse's father, Eddie.
Aside from Krncevic, it’s believed former Gold Coast United defender Steven Topalovic and ex Melbourne Victory player Daniel Vasilevski made an impression on the watching-on A-League coaches.