Sydney FC have beaten off strong competition for the signature of Young Socceroos star Christopher Naumoff.
Considered one of the country's best young talents, the 19-year-old pledged his immediate future to the Sky Blues, inking a two-year deal.
“It feels incredible to be signing for my home club,” Naumoff said.
“My development as a player since signing for Sydney FC’s National Youth League squad has been unbelievable, and I have total belief that I can fulfil my ambitions at this club.
“It’s a dream for every young footballer in Australia to sign a first team contract with Sydney FC and walk out in the Sky Blues shirt.
“I’m so pleased to have achieved that and I can’t wait to continue on the next step in my career with the club.”
Naumoff recently returned from Young Socceroos duty in the USA alongside fellow Sydney FC player Hagi Gligor. The pair were part of Paul Okon’s squad that beat Bermuda 4-1, Chile 5-4 and drew 0-0 with a highly-rated USA team.
He made his A-League debut as a National Youth League player for the harbour-siders one the opening day of last season and won the club’s Young Player of the Year Award.
Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold said he was impressed with Naumoff’s attitude and ability.
“Christopher turned down some tempting offers to sign for Sydney FC and I’m delighted that he has done so,” Arnold said.
“We are investing in a very talented stable of excellent young footballers and the great thing is that they are from the Sydney and New South Wales region.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact that Sydney FC intends to build and develop the finest young players in the country, and this is a further indication of that.
“I think it’s well known that I have never been afraid to give young players a chance and this is another example of a quality young player, which is what I want to bring to Sydney FC.
“Christopher has been with the club for a little while and he and his family are confident in the direction we are headed. I’m hopeful he can be a big part of that."comments