Perth Glory have signed speedster Matt Hatch from Central Coast Mariners and locked in three other young guns Luke Bodnar, Cameron Cook and Joseph Forde on new deals.
Defender-midfielder Hatch, 21, who has agreed to two-year deal, is regarded as the quickest player in the A-League.
He also holds the record for the fastest debut goal ever scored, finding the net just 25 seconds after coming from the bench against Macarthur FC last year.
He made 20 appearances for the Mariners, scoring five goals.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while and decided a change of scenery could help me grow as a footballer and as a person and getting out of my comfort zone on the Central Coast would really push me,” Hatch said.
“I spoke to (coach) Ruben Zadkovich and his vision for not only me but for the club persuaded me to move west.”
Glory head of recruitment Andy Keogh said: “Matt has bags of potential.
“His physical and technical attributes are fantastic.”
Bodnar, 22, last season’s Glory under-23 Player of the Year who can play as a centre-back or holding midfielder, has inked a three-year deal.
The former Glory academy member made his debut against Shanghai Shenhua in the 2020 AFC Champions League and his A-League start the following year going on to make 18 appearances.
“It’s always a pleasure to play for your hometown club and when you’re given another opportunity with a whole new group of players and staff, you jump at it,” Bodnar said.
Goalkeeper Cook and defender Forde have signed two-year deals.
Cooke, 20, made his A-League debut last season and has six senior starts.
“I’m excited to continue my journey with Glory and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds,” Cook said.
Forrestfield local Forde, 18, also gained his first taste of A-League football last season with six appearances.
“I’m delighted and honoured to have signed a two-year contract with the club,” the defender said.
Keogh said Bodnar was highly regarded and had high hopes for his future.
“Securing Luke was integral to our vision going forward,” Keogh said.
“He is a clear asset to the club. We have high hopes for him.”
Keogh said Cook and Forde were among the brightest young prospects in the country.
“Cameron has shown his potential when given the chance and the next two seasons are massive for his development,” Keogh said..
“Joseph was a real standout in the end of the season. With his attributes and desire to learn, he could become a great asset to the club and to Australia.”