Adelaide United have signed former Chelsea and Southampton youth product George Mells for the 2015-16 A-League season.
Mells, now 18, left Australia at 12 to sign for Chelsea’s youth team – before moving to Southampton.
He has represented both Australia and Greece at youth level, and joins Adelaide on a one-year deal with an option for a second season.
Mells said he was delighted to be joining the Reds under coach Josep Gombau.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to have signed for Adelaide,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to finally play some senior football and the club have a great philosophy especially with the Spanish influence through the coaching staff.
“When I spoke to Josep it was clear that he promotes a very Spanish-like style, which is the type of game that suits me and it was one of the main reasons why I chose to come to Adelaide.
“It’s a very strong team and I’m honoured that the club has given me a place in the team for this season and I’m looking forward to having another successful season like they did last season.
“I want to make as many appearances as I can in the first-team and I want to have a big impact on the squad.
“Now is the right time for me to start stepping into senior football and I feel Adelaide is the best place for me to do that.”
Mells reflected on his time in England and said he was grateful to learn from Chelsea great Frank Lampard.
“Since leaving Australia, my game has grown immensely because I left at a very young age and I’ve been able to experience two very good clubs in England where I’ve been able to learn off some fantastic players and coaches,” he said.
“When I was at Chelsea, we got to meet all the first-team players and I got to speak with Frank Lampard quite a bit.
“He’s someone I play in a similar position to and I always used to watch Frank at training to see what he was doing and I’ve picked up a lot of things just by watching him from day-to-day.
“At Southampton I had the opportunity to train with the first-team a few times and I picked up a lot from players like Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Rickie Lambert.
“Even Southampton’s manager at the time, Mauricio Pochettino, was someone I was very close with and I used to speak to and get advice from often.”
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