Van 't Schip Hails Colosimo Impact

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has hailed the impact of Simon Colosimo after the former Socceroo returned to action with a strong performance in the Melbourne Derby over the weekend.

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has hailed the impact of Simon Colosimo after the former Socceroo returned to action with a strong performance in the Melbourne Derby over the weekend.

After missing the opening fortnight of the season with a calf strain, the 32-year-old produced a sterling display alongside teenager Curtis Good to keep the Victory front line at bay.

Impressing with his composure and presence, Colosimo-s performance highlighted his importance to the Heart side, while allowing Matt Thompson to resume his preferred role in midfield.

“Simon, with his experience, with his way of playing, is important for our team," van't Schip said. "I'm glad he's back and he showed how important he is for our team.”

Van ‘t Schip also acknowledged the stability provided by Clint Bolton-s return in goals.

After an off-season beset by injury, the reigning Player of the Year proved his worth with an assured display, controlling the penalty area with ease.

His strong distribution skills also enabled him to launch attacks with aplomb, feeding wide players Michael Marrone and Aziz Behich.

“Having Clint back was also good for giving the rest of the team the confidence we need,” van ‘t Schip said.

Following the improved display, the team is on track to resume its quest for a Hyundai A-League finals berth, with Sydney FC next on the agenda.

After recording an impressive win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium, the Sky Blues are in form, but will face a stern test against a rejuvenated Heart outfit, emboldened by its performance in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Etihad Stadium.