Young Perth Glory defender Jacob Young, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father , has signed a one-year scholarship contract with the A-League club.
Young, 22, joined Glory on a short-term deal midway through last season, made two A-League appearances off the bench, and has been a regular starter for the Glory academy NPL WA side.
The former Sunderland youth player, who also spent time with German side Hoffenheim II, is hoping to emulate his father Stuart who made 22 Glory appearances between 2005-2007.
“I’m happy to have signed an extension,” said Young, who played his early football with Cockburn. “To represent my home city and follow in my dad’s footsteps is something I have been looking forward to since being back in Australia. “I’ve had a small taste of A-League football and earning minutes and playing as many games as possible are my individual goals.
After a hectic last season it will be good to have some normality back.
“I’ve had a brief conversation with (coach) Ruben Zadkovich and I know his ambitions for myself and the team are high.
“He’s a winner and will instil a winning mentality.”
Zadkovich praised Young’s ability and mentality.
“Top attitude. Top professional. Top person,” Zadkovich said.
“Jacob is a very talented young defender whom I believe has a huge amount of unfulfilled potential.
“He has really knuckled down and focused on getting his body right. This year’s pre-season will give him the chance to continue his growth and excel at the next level.”
Glory head of recruitment, Andy Keogh said: “Jacob has had it tough the last few years, but even in the most uncomfortable circumstances, remained infectiously positive among his team mates.
“We’re really looking forward to a settled season for Jacob and seeing how he develops.”