Sydney FC have signed young Australian attacking midfielder Anthony Kalik on a season long loan from Croatian club Hajduk Split, with the teenager passing a medical and signing the contract this afternoon.
The 19 year old starlet re-joins the Sky Blues having progressed through Sydney FC’s Foxtel National Youth League squad in 2012, before he made his Hyundai A-League debut for the Central Coast Mariners ahead of departing for Croatia in 2016.
Kalik holds 12 appearances for Hajduk’s first team in the Croatian Prva HNL (first division), and 21 appearances with five goals for Hajduk II in the Teca HNL (third division), while also boasting four appearances for the Young Socceroos, most recently at the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship.
The Sydney born attacking central midfielder said he was excited to be linking up with Head Coach Graham Arnold’s squad.
“I’m really thrilled to be back home and playing for Sydney FC,” he said.
“I’m a Sydney boy through and through and having spent time here previously I know what is in store.
“I know there is a lot of hard work to be done in joining Australia’s best team, but I’m up for the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
Head Coach Graham Arnold said Kalik would complement the squad and complete his signings ahead of the new season.
“Anthony is a talented young attacking midfielder who I expect to thrive in our environment,” Arnold said.
“He’ll provide great competition for places in the squad as we head into a busy season with plenty of depth.
“Anthony is young, fast, creative and I’m looking forward to watching him develop further this season. Anthony knows there is a lot of hard work ahead as he joins this great squad of players.”
Meanwhile Sydney FC youth striker John Iredale has completed a move to Dutch Eredivisie SC club Heerenveen. The Sky Blues would like to thank John for his service to Sydney FC and wish him well for the future.
Sydney FC are next in Westfield FFA Cup action when they face Melbourne City in the quarter finals at Leichhardt Oval on Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm.
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
11 – Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI
13 – Brandon O’NEILL
14 – Alex BROSQUE
16 – Anthony KALIK
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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