Socceroos youngster Genreau ready to fire

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Graham Arnold has hailed the rapid development of young midfielder Denis Genreau as the France-based midfielder attempts to push firmly into Socceroos calculations.

The 22-year-old signed for Toulouse after the Tokyo Olympics, where he was one of the Olyroos' strongest performers, and has been a consistent starter at the French club, who are top of Ligue 2 and eyeing promotion.

Arnold said Genreau's decision to kick on club-wise straight away had put him in prime position to accelerate his development, where some of his Olyroos teammates returned to Australia, completed 14 days hotel quarantine and are currently in pre-season.

Genreau will be looking to add to his sole cap, earned against Taiwan in June, against Oman and Japan this month.

"When he comes into camp he already looks like a different player, but physically, a completely different player as well," Arnold said.

"The sad thing is after the Olympics in a lot of ways is a lot of those boys have gone back home - and it's no negativity - they've gone back home and the last time they kicked the ball was against Egypt in July.

"It's now October and they won't kick the ball competitively until November. Denis (has) gone to France and he's now starting every week at Toulouse and he's doing exceptionally well.

"... He's so excited with his future and his career moving forward because of the excitement of playing in (Ligue 2) in France.

"He feels already, himself, that he's twice as fit as he was when he was in Australia and with the match minutes and playing against the quality of opposition that he is that his game is getting better and better every week."

Arnold noted Genreau could "control" a game from defensive midfield but his creativity also made him an option further afield.

Genreau previously reaped the rewards of moving from Melbourne City - where he was a bench player - to Macarthur FC ahead of the last A-League Men's season.

He quickly became one of the competition's best midfielders and was the Bulls' player of the season, with his stellar club form earning him a maiden Socceroos call-up.

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