Hall signs on as Galekovic's new understudy

Adelaide United have signed young South Australian goalkeeper John Hall to a two-year contract extension.

The 20-year-old has made one appearance for the Reds and has represented Australia at Olyroos level. 

Hall, who stands 1.95m tall, said that signing for United was always his first choice.

“I love the club, I love the guys in the team and I love the coaches - they have all really helped me develop as a player,” Hall said.

“It was the ideal situation to stay in Adelaide and to move up as the second 'keeper. Being next in line has given me more confidence, knowing that I’ll get more opportunities than what I was getting."

 His move up the ranks follows the departure of Paul Izzo who signed with Central Coast Mariners.

Hall credited the work of his coach Peter Blazincic and his Captain, Eugene Galekovic, for his development so far, and knows that they are the main people who are going to further his career.

“It’s probably the best training you get, certainly in Australia,” he said.

“Eugene is the best keeper in the league and Blaza (Blazincic) is the best coach in the league. I’m always watching Euge and if I do something wrong he’ll let me know and tell me what I could do better. I really appreciate the environment that I’m in.”

Adelaide United CEO Michael Petrillo Hall has shown "tremendous improvement "under the guidance of Blazincic: "We are more than comfortable having him as Eugene’s understudy.

“His selection in the last Olyroo squad is testament to his development into a keeper who is now ready to step up to the next level as well.

“His temperament, work ethic and ability have never been in doubt and we see him as a keeper with an exceptional future ahead of him."

Hall, a product of Cumberland United was selected to be a part of the Adelaide United Youth Team before signing his first professional contract with the Reds.