Brisbane Roar have further cemented their commitment to youth by re-signing forward Brandon Borello for a further two years.
Borrello, 20, will make his 50th appearance for the club this weekend if he plays, and could add to his 11 goals that he has scored for the club.
A product of the Brisbane youth team, Borello is pleased to sign his first fully pro contract.
"It is very exciting for myself and my family to sign my first fully professional contact and I am happy that it is with Brisbane," Borrello said.
"It's great that I can develop and better my career here."
Borrello credits his career growth to the new man at the helm this season in manager John Aloisi.
"He's asked a lot from me and he is going to continue to ask a lot from me and the team," Borrello said.
"He's given us all the resources, analysis and everything we could possibly want to get to the level he wants us it. It's a great time for me and the club."
Aloisi admitted the re-signing of Borrello was about having one eye on the future.
"I'm very excited about having such a promising young and talented player like Brandon and it is great to know he will be part of the club for another two years," Aloisi said.
"He has had a good season this year and we still know that Brandon has a lot of improving ahead and he will do that.
"Brandon was from our Youth team and worked his way into the first team and he deserves a new contract."
The youngster was also blunt about his sides hopes and aspirations for this season, believing that anything less than success wouldn't cut it.
"We didn't want to have another season like the last (when they finished mid-table)," Borrello said.
"Every single player in our squad is a winner. We know how to win.
"Ultimately there a prize at the end of the season but right now we are just trying to better ourselves with each game."comments