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LEADER: Adelaide United Head Coach Carl Veart grew up playing soccer in Whyalla for Croatia. Credit: Adelaide United Football Club.

LEADER: Adelaide United Head Coach Carl Veart grew up playing soccer in Whyalla for Croatia. Credit: Adelaide United Football Club.

Born and bred in Whyalla, Adelaide United's new Head Coach Carl Veart has had an immediate impact on the organisation, coaching them to a five-game undefeated streak at the end of the season.

Mr Veart grew up in the steel city and played for the Croatia Soccer Club in his teenage years, during the 1970's and 80's - which he described as a 'very strong' period for Whyalla soccer.

"Croatia was always one of the top teams in Whyalla back then," he said.

"I was fortunate enough to play in Whyalla when it was a big city, the community spirit was very strong and the people who supported me as a junior played a big role in my soccer career.

"It was a great place to grow up, I had a lot of freedom."

In his senior career Carl would go on to play soccer in England for Sheffield United, Millwall and Crystal Palace where he booted a combined 22 goals.

After his stint in English football he would return to Adelaide where he played in 44 games for Adelaide United.

Carl was named interim coach for the Reds earlier this year after the departure of Gertjan Verbeek and led United to two wins and three draws in their last five games of the season.

"Coaching was something I was always interested in, when I was playing the game I had an interest in the coaching side," he said.

"When I finished playing I transitioned into coaching at Adelaide United, helping younger players in the club...I really enjoyed the period as interim coach."

One of Carl's main goals when taking on the role was to improve United's defence, something that they will need to rely upon if they hope to make a return to the finals in the 2020-21 A-League season.

"Defensively we were conceding far too many goals, that's something we needed to improve on. We worked on not conceding so easily and I think we showed that while maintaining our attacking flair," he said.

"It was difficult circumstances for the players being in a hub and finishing those games in a short period...I was very happy with the way they took on my instructions in that difficult time.

"Their performances show that."