Adelaide United's livewire winger Awer Mabil has secured a dream move to Danish Superliga champions, FC Midtjylland.
The 19-year-old has been in the frame for a European move for the past 12 months after flourishing under Reds coach Josep Gombau.
Media reports suggest the transfer deal could set a new A-League record, surpassing the $1.3 million fee for Rostyn Griffiths when he left Central Coast Mariners for the Chinese Super League three years ago.
FC Midtjylland, who have all but wrapped up the transfer of Mabil, are currently in the second qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League.
The Kenyan-born, Australian youth international - who was a key part of Adelaide's FFA Cup-wining squad last year - leaves for Denmark on Tuesday, and pending a successful medical, will link up with his new teammates at training later this week.
Mabil said he was grateful to the Adelaide A-League outfit for his professional debut and giving him the opportunity to play and develop as a footballer.
“I would like to thank Adelaide United for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing in Europe for a very strong and ambitious club that sets high standards,” Mabil said.
“A big thank you to my coach Josep Gombau and the rest of the staff at Adelaide United for helping my development as a player and person.
“Special mention to all my teammates who have supported my transition.
“The Youth Team coaches Michael Valkanis and Angelo Costanzo for picking me up as a young boy and really helping me mature into the first team – and of course the fans for being such great fans to play for each week.
“But most importantly my family for the support it has given me and the opportunity it's has provided me in life and that is not to forget God who gave me this blessed gift to be a footballer.”
It has been a heady rise to national prominence for the Australian-South Sudanese footballer who lived in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya until 2006.
Mabil was named the National Youth League Player of the Year (2012-13) and the FFA U20 Male Player of the Year (2014).
Adelaide United CEO Michael Petrillo said Mabil had been a valuable part of the club.
“We are really pleased for Awer, he is a great young man and has been a great example to all young footballers in Adelaide,” Petrillo said.
“It shows that if you have the passion and commitment you can forge a pathway through to the A-League with the Adelaide United Football Club and as in Awer’s case, Europe.
“I’m sure that he will be a great addition to their team and we will miss him but understand that his desire and dream was to play in Europe.
“We are all very happy for him and pleased to have assisted in helping him achieve his goals.”
The Reds will take on iconic English Premier League side, Liverpool, at Adelaide Oval on Monday night.comments