Aussie youngster impresses in Dundee debut

Former Central Coast Mariners youth star Jesse Curran made an impressive debut in the Scottish top-flight on the weekend.

The 19-year-old was hailed for his “calm, mature performance” in Dundee FC’s 2-1 home win over Motherwell which sees them placed sixth on the premiership table.

Curran came off the bench on 42 minutes and slotted into central midfield after a game-ending injury to skipper Kevin Thomson.

The club’s website said of the Australian’s debut: “Curran stepped up well to the challenge of replacing Thomson and gave exactly the sort of calm, mature performance the Dark Blues needed.”

Jesse Curran makes Dundee switch

Curran, whose father hails from Glasgow, signed a two-year deal with Dundee in June after a successful trial with the Scottish outfit in February.

The teenager grew up in Tasmania and played his junior football with Sydney’s Blacktown City before joining the Mariners’ youth team in 2013. He received the club’s NYL player of the year award in 2014.

At the time the deal was struck Mariners coach Tony Walmsley told FourFourTwo: “It was no surprise to me that going to Dundee they would have been impressed by the amount of potential that’s there, because there’s certainly a lot. Jesse’s got really good technique, he’s got some creativity as well so I’ll be watching his development with interest.”

Following his signing Curran told FourFourTwo: “I didn’t know what to feel - excited, nervous, everything. That was my main goal, to play overseas in Europe and it’s finally come true. I’ve got a long way to go though.

“Hopefully I can do my best in the Scottish Premiership and do get as many first-team games as I can, see what happens from there. See where it takes me.”



Wow another star on the rise, also from Blacktown like Matt Ryan. Blacktown could be the new Barcelona ? Getting first team game time when you are only 19 years old in a league SPL which is possibly higher than the A-League is great ! I consider the SPL probably the same level as the A-League, the only difference is if you get into the top teams then you play Champions League and get noticed worldwide, whereas when you star in the A-League, the rest of the world doesn't notice you, only Ange and the Australian public notice the A-League.
Australia could put in a really good U21 team now. They have got to get better results in the youth teams. Hopefully that's starting to happen.

One of the most humble & respectful young men you would ever wish to come across. Whatever Jesse achieves in his career, will be no less than what he deserves. Hopefully he starts to get some recognition with National teams from here on in!