National Youth League star Wade Dekker has put pen to paper on his first senior contract, signing a one-year deal with Melbourne City ahead of their 2015/16 A-League campaign.
City promoted the 21-year-old to the topflight on the eve of the club’s opening FFA Cup clash against Edgeworth Eagles on Wednesday.
Dekker is expected to feature for John van’t Schip’s side against the Eagles in the Round of 32, after impressing for the club’s youth teams over the past three seasons.
“The club’s coaching staff have been monitoring Wade’s progress closely over the last 12 months and we believe he has matured into a very promising attacking player,” van’t Schip said.
“A senior contract is great reward for his application, professional attitude and consistent performances.”
The former Northcote City player enjoyed a breakout season last term, claiming the NYL Golden Boot, with 10 goals during the championship-winning campaign.
An industrious striker with an eye for goal, Dekker has already been provided the opportunity to impress the first team Head Coach John van’t Schip.
The young attacker was in the starting line-up in the club’s recent friendly against EPL giants, Manchester City, which saw him go toe-to-toe with Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Van ‘t Schip added: “Last year we elevated Paulo Retre from our youth team and he re-signed again for this season, so this is a great opportunity for Wade.
“Promoting players from within our system is very important to us and with teams in the NYL and NPL, hopefully it is only the beginning.”
Dekker will wear the number 17 shirt for Melbourne City FC in 2015/16.
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