Sydney FC have promoted promising young attacker Chris Zuvela to their Hyundai A-League squad as one of the three eligible U20 players, the club confirmed today.
The promotion will see Zuvela feature as a member of Head Coach Graham Arnold’s Hyundai A-League playing squad for the 2017/18 season.
Zuvela has featured in Sydney FC’s Foxtel National Youth League and PS4 NPL NSW squads since linking with the Sky Blues’ youth set up in 2013.
The 20 year old attacker said he was excited to be joining the Hyundai A-League Premiers and Champions as a member of the first team.
“I’ve been here for a long time so it’s very pleasing to get my chance with the A-League squad,” Zuvela said.
“It’s good to say the hard work pays off, but there’s still more to come and I look forward to improving my game.
“I want to play as much as possible in the A-League. To play alongside players like Brillante and O’Neill would be a great feeling.”
Head Coach Graham Arnold said he was pleased to have Zuvela on board for the coming season.
“I always believe in promoting youth and Chris is a perfect example of the fantastic pathway our Academy can provide,” Arnold said.
“Chris has all the attributes of a Sydney FC player, he has been outstanding in our youth team and I’m pleased to welcome him as a part of the A-League team.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Chris develop even further when exposed to our A-League environment and I expect him to be challenging for a place, as is expected of all my players.”
Zuvela boasts caps for the Australian U23 national side and becomes the latest graduate of the Sky Blues’ youth set up, following in the footsteps of stars such as Matthew Jurman, Rhyan Grant, Aaron Calver and Charles Lokolingoy to make the leap from Sydney FC’s youth squad to Hyundai A-League level.
Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League Season 2017/18 Playing Squad:
1 – Andrew REDMAYNE
2 – Aaron CALVER
4 – Alex WILKINSON
5 – Jordy BUIJS
6 – Josh BRILLANTE
7 – Michael ZULLO
8 – Paulo RETRE
9 – BOBÔ
10 – Milos NINKOVIC
13 – Brandon O’NEILL
14 – Alex BROSQUE
17- David CARNEY
18 – Matt SIMON
19 – Chris ZUVELA
20 – Alex CISAK
21 – Charles LOKOLINGOY
22 – Seb RYALL
23 – Rhyan GRANT
26 – Luke WILKSHIRE
*Please note playing numbers are subject to change
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