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Ryall hopes for danger factor with Holosko

  • Ryall hopes for danger factor with Holosko

Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall wants to be the wind beneath Filip Holosko's wings, and believes he and the new marquee man are forging a bond that will soon trouble any A-League side.

The Slovak right-winger made a promising debut in the Sky Blues' 1-1 draw with Melbourne City on Saturday, providing some crafty passes and tapping in his team's only goal courtesy of an expert cross from captain Alex Brosque.

Though the ex-Besiktas mainstay was otherwise relatively quiet before being subbed off on the hour mark with a cramp, Ryall saw enough evidence that his dynamic new teammate will become a redoubtable force.

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"Just his movement off the ball is really good, he's got a fantastic touch," Ryall told AAP.

"You can see it from the goal as well, the cross from Alex Brosque to him was in the box so he's not just an out-and-out winger, he's someone who can be in the box and score goals.

"But he's got so much about his game - right foot, left foot and his movement - that it's going to be very difficult for opposition to mark him, and that will create more space for me which I'll be happy about."

Coach Graham Arnold has been quick to point out that Holosko, who can play anywhere along the front line but fits well on the right as a replacement for Bernie Ibini, is still getting used to unfamiliar surroundings.

Part of that process is gelling with Ryall when he's at right-back, given the pair haven't had much chance to play together in pre-season.

Ryall says he feels stronger and faster right now than he's been in his whole career - which could be a match made in heaven when it comes to pushing high in support of the new star forward.

"There's a lot of good qualities that we have in each other, that we can help each other on the right side and help others be better players," the 26-year-old said.

"He played a couple of good passes to me. It's just getting used to each other. There are some good signs."

Sydney FC will face Newcastle Jets on Saturday at Hunter Stadium, where they will attempt to grab three points against the first-round surprise packets who defeated Wellington Phoenix 2-1 despite playing 10 minutes with 10 men.

"We'll have a good look at their game, and we'll definitely be wary of them," Ryall said.

"They're going to be on the back of the win and their confidence will be high, so we'll have to be at our best to win.

"I don't think anyone is really underestimating them or any other team this early on.

"The A-League in the past has been so tight and close, and it's just proof that anyone can beat anyone.

"They'll be a tough match for sure."

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