Newcastle teen named among Nike's most wanted in global talent hunt

Aussie teen sensation Adam Edgar has won a coveted place in The Nike Academy after impressing in a three-day Global Showcase.

The Newcastle striker is one of only eight rising stars selected from Nike’s Most Wanted competition to access elite-level coaching, training facilities and off-pitch support needed to pursue their dreams of securing professional contracts.

At only 16, Adam’s stature, technique, goal scoring ability and movement impressed Jon Goodman, Nike Academy Head Coach, and his assembled team of coaches and scouts.

He will join players from England, Spain, Brazil, Germany and Poland in the Academy squad.

Previous winners of the prestigious talent hunt include Socceroo Tom Rogic who was plucked from relative obscurity before landing an A-League contract followed by a deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

Among the other graduates of the Academy are Abdul Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor A.S.), David “Titi” Accam (Helsingborgs IF), Bruno Covas (Santos FC), Domonic Boettcher (Hamburger SV), Ryan Sellers (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Brahim Sabouni (Standard Liège).

Edgar will return briefly to Australia before he starts a six-month stint in the UK.

Former Socceroo John Aloisi, who selected Edgar back in October, described the young striker as a “fantastic representative” of Australia.

“I look forward to him taking the next step under some of the world’s best youth coaches and he learns what it takes to compete on the international stage,” Aloisi said.

A total of 38 players from 23 nations gathered at St George’s Park for the Global Showcase – an intensive three days of fitness testing, technique-based work and trial matches.

Ahead of the weekend drawing to a close, Premier League star Eden Hazard met with the finalists and shared his insights on his career path and life as a professional footballer.

With thousands of young athletes entering the competition via the Nike Football App and trials held in 25 different countries, Goodman is confident that Nike’s Most Wanted has succeeded in unearthing genuine footballing talent.

“To be able to assess such an enormous number of players so thoroughly is what makes this process so effective," Goodman said.

"The talent and, perhaps even more importantly, character, that these winners have displayed has convinced me and my team that they can thrive at The Nike Academy.”