Rojas' rise no surprise

In the space of 12 months, Marco Rojas has gone from Melbourne Victory's youth side to being the standout player in the opening third of the Hyundai A-League season.

In the space of 12 months, Marco Rojas has gone from Melbourne Victory's youth side to being the standout player in the opening third of the Hyundai A-League season.

The New Zealand attacker joined the two-time champions in March 2011 with a big reputation having made an impression with the Wellington Phoenix.

But Rojas' first season in Melbourne was a forgettable one - at a personal and club level - as Victory endured a horror campaign under Mehmet Durakovic and Jim Magilton, and briefly Kevin Muscat.

According to Victory captain Adrian Leijer, the 21-year-old needed time to settle and more so a coach who showed belief and confidence in him.

Considered an excellent man motivator - as well as tactician - Ange Postecoglou has got the best out of Rojas.

"Just having that little bit of extra guidance and probably the belief put in him - Ange has shown a lot of belief in Marco - and he's responded to that," Leijer said.

"He's willing to learn and he really wants to learn. With Ange, he's got somebody who's giving him a lot of direction and positive direction and Marco's responding in the way he's going about his football."

Wellington's supporters group 'Yellow Fever' helped Rojas earn a trial with the Phoenix, which he grabbed with both hands after impressing coach Ricki Herbert.

His pace and skill led to him impressing most in the league and Leijer said the pressure of living up to the lofty expectations may have played a part in his below-par first season.

But Postecoglou has taken little time in getting the most out of the winger, who has netted five goals this season and been a regular threat out wide.

"Last year I thought maybe he was the type of player that you need to put your arm around. I think he's maturing quite quickly and I don't think that's what he needs," Leijer said.

"I think he just needs that someone to believe in him and Ange is really believing in him and now he's believing in himself.

"There's no limit in how good he can be. He's such a wonderful talent and if he keeps improving the way he has the first nine rounds of this season, he can achieve whatever he wants in football."

The softly spoken and quiet character has developed quite the combination with fellow winger Archie Thompson.

Rojas and Thompson have combined directly for four goals this season and share a 'special bond', according to Leijer.

"It's a pretty special combination those two. They look out for each other, they live in the same area and they've probably got a bit of a special bond," he said.

"For us to have two guys like that in such dangerous areas, it's a very attacking weapon and not many teams will be able to control that, so that partnership is almost the most dangerous in the league and I'm sure they will get better."

Leijer believes Rojas, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is at the right club to continuing developing before teams from abroad come knocking.

And he has no doubt the Kiwi flyer will keep his feet on the ground and only get better.

"He's the form player in the league definitely. The good thing about him is he knows he's still got a lot of improving as well," Leijer said.

"Even though he knows he's doing really well and he's standing out, he's not going to become complacent. Ange won't let that happen either."

Postecoglou is happy to give Rojas regular opportunities and believes he has the temperament to ignore the growing attention he is receiving.

"We've settled him into a little role out there up front, and he's enjoying it, and he's improving every week, and the system we play suits his strengths," he said.

"And the key for him is just to keep getting better. He's obviously getting a lot of attention at the moment and he's got a good head on his shoulders. He's a really good kid, he knows where he's at and he knows where he needs to improve."

Victory may struggle to hold onto Rojas given his form, which would have been hard to believe a year ago.