Young Socceroo boosts Perth's goalkeeping ranks

Perth Glory has signed 17-year-old Young Socceroos goalkeeper, Jordan Thurtell, to a two-year senior contract.

The highly-rated Queensland born keeper has spent the past two years at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Thurtell, who turns 18 next week, played alongside AS Roma bound Danny De Silva, and a number of Glory’s rising stars during the U-17 World Cup qualifiers.

The youth international is now looking to cement his position in the squad for October's AFC U-19 championship in Myanmar, a tournament that doubles as qualification for the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

New Glory goalkeeper coach, Danny Milosevic, says he is delighted to have strengthened the club’s goalkeeper stocks with Thurtell's signing.

“I've been following Jordan’s performances in the AIS and Australian National Youth Team for a number of years," Milosevic said.

"He possesses a high technical ability with both feet, good shot stopping ability and very good reflexes and I am confident that he will be an asset for Perth Glory.

"I've received nothing but positive feedback from all the coaches that have been involved with him.

“He is only young, but he has a desire to learn and a very strong work ethic which will hold him in good stead as he continues his goalkeeping education and tries to establish himself as a future A-League goalkeeper."

Thurtell, who was presented with his Perth Glory shirt at his first training session on Tuesday said: “I am excited and thrilled to be signing my first professional contract and to be involved with Perth Glory.

"When I was approached by the club, it wasn't a hard decision and I couldn't wait to get over here and start training with the team.

“To be able to train with Danny Vukovic and Jack Duncan, and to be coached by Danny Milosevic, is such a great opportunity.

"I've been fortunate to play with Danny De Silva and several of the other young Perth Glory players in the Joeys and have heard nothing but positives about the club and the direction they are heading."

Perth Glory CEO, Jason Brewer, said the club continued to focused on developing and attracting the best young West Australian and Australian players, and providing a development pathway for players.

Thurtell is in consideration to play in a number of Glory’s preseason matches over the next few months.