Melbourne Victory re-sign young duo

A-League champions Melbourne Victory have re-signed goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas and midfielder Jesse Makarounas ahead of their 2015-16 title defence.

Thomas, 23, put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension while Makarounas, 21, has signed on for the upcoming season.

Coach Kevin Muscat said the club was thrilled to secure the signatures of the young duo.

“It is a very pleasing outcome to have two young, talented players such as Lawrence and Jesse re-sign and commit to Melbourne Victory’s future,” Muscat said.

“Both players have made valuable contributions to the team when they’ve been given their opportunities and they are both important players to our football club moving forward.”

Thomas played seven games for Victory last season including the 2014/15 A-League Grand Final which saw the club lift the championship trophy.

“Playing for Melbourne Victory is a great honour and to be continuing at the club for another two seasons is very exciting,” Thomas said.

“Being a part of the success last season was an incredible feeling and the future at this club is very bright.”

Makarounas has made a total of 21 A-League appearances for the club, including nine in last season’s double title-winning campaign.

“The opportunity to continue my career at Melbourne Victory was really important to me and I’m thrilled to be staying,” Makarounas said.

“The club has been fantastic to me since I arrived and I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time here so far and I'm looking forward to another successful campaign.”