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Adelaide need time to gel: Holland

Adelaide United have secured fringe Socceroo James Holland for the looming A-League season.
Adelaide need time to gel: Holland
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Adelaide United recruit James Holland has implored fans to give the re-jigged reigning A-League champions time to gel.

The Reds got away with 1-1 draw against a lively Newcastle on Sunday, in an opening match that will give coach Guillermo Amor much to work on with his new squad.

Holland made his debut alongside Spanish striker Sergi Guardiola and a host of other faces not involved in May's grand-final win.

Adelaide looked comfortable early against the Jets but endured passages on the back foot, something the defender put down to a lack of familiarisation.

"It is going to take time," Holland said.

"I have to get used to working with Isaias in the midfield and Serg up front.

"He makes very good runs, we just have to get used to him.

"When to play him, when he comes short, when he goes long.

"Hopefully that can click as soon as possible."

Holland single-handedly stopped Andrew Hoole netting a second-half winner, desperately clearing the ball as an open goal beckoned.

Coach Guillermo Amor said improvements were needed.

But he was generally happy with his squad's work rate, and was particularly impressed with Holland.

"James is a player that's good for our team," Amor said.

"He's a team player with experience - he's played a lot of games in other countries.

"Physically he's fantastic, in very good condition."

The match was Holland's first A-League hit-out since leaving the Jets for Europe in 2009.

The 27-year-old observed a noticeable step-up in standard during his absence.

"The tempo is a lot higher and the league has become a lot more professional as well," Holland said.

"The game for me personally was difficult, it's definitely improved since last time I was here."

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