Rising young goalkeeper, Paul Izzo, has committed his immediate future to Adelaide United, signing a two-year contract extension with the A-League outfit
The 20-year-old back-up keeper for Socceroo, Eugene Galekovic, took over between the sticks while his skipper was away with the Asian Cup squad.
Evergreen Galekoic remains first choice goalkeeper, and Izzo conceded he will need to work even harder to grab his chances.
“The three appearances I have made this year have really given me a taste of it (A-League football) again,” Izzo said.
“I didn’t play at all last year but making these appearances here and there have made me hungrier and I want to strive for more.
“I know that I need to keep working and better my game so that if I do get called up or need to come on, I’m always 100 per cent ready.”
Izzo said that signing for the Reds was always going to be his first choice.
“The team environment is so great here that I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else,” he said.
“Everyone is so close and so friendly, I couldn’t say anything bad about anyone in and around the club.”
He also credited the work of his coaches Josep Gombau, Michael Valkanis and Peter Blazincic for his development so far.
Head coach Josep Gombau said the club was delighted to continue working with the young gloveman.
"For us it’s important to keep all the players we have, and Izzo is a big part of the team, and he is one for the future of this club,” Gombau said.
“He is a very good goalkeeper and works very hard, both on and off the field. He has also proved his ability and capacity as a keeper, which he did in the games he’s played this season.
"We are so happy to keep him here with us because of the environment that has been created by the club. It also speaks volumes for the work being done by Peter Blazincic in producing some outstanding goalkeeper talent."
Izzo, a product of the Campbelltown City Soccer Club, was selected to be a part of the the AIS program before signing his first professional contract with the Reds.
The Olyroos hopeful has made seven appearances for United and represented the Young Socceroos 12 times.comments