June 06, 2015 12:54:50 UK
Western Sydney Wanderers have continue to put the accent on youth, by re-signing a trio of Young Socceroos.
Coach Tony Popovic is presiding over a radical overhaul of the club’s playing squad for the 2015-16 season.
The current Asian Champions League holders have released 11 players since the end of the last campaign, when they finished next to bottom with just four wins from their 27 games.
Popovic brought in his first new player of the off-season earlier in the week by signing former Perth Glory left winger Scott Jamieson.
We have an ambition to create a club to develop and recruit the best young players.
He upgraded Jonathan Aspropotamitis to a full A-League contract, and has now signed fellow youngsters Jaushua Sotirio, Shayne D’Cunha and Liam Youlley to new deals.
The Young Socceroos trio have played a combined 19 first team games for Wanderers, with Sotirio having featured in the A-League over the past 18 months.
The striker scored his first goal for the club in Round 6 against Perth Glory last season, while defender D’Cunha and midfielder Youlley both played in the final round of the campaign against the Glory.
Youth League Player of the Year Youlley, who has signed a Youth Development deal with Western Sydney, scored on his debut in the 2-1 home defeat to Perth.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the new deals restated the club’s commitment to developing youth footballers from the region.
Western Sydney are 13.00 to win the 2015-16 Grand Final.
“Along with the re-signing of Aspropotamitis earlier this week, it is fantastic watching this group of players come through the ranks of our club, proving themselves on the pitch and securing their first senior contracts,” he said.
“We have an ambition to create a club to develop and recruit the best young players to take them from the grassroots to a professional career in football.
“These signings are a testament to our commitment to young footballers in this region and I am sure that all three will benefit from the first 12 months of their professional careers.”
Meanwhile, Australia are 11.00 to win their first match at the Women’s World Cup against the USA, who are 1.20 with the draw 7.00.
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