Sydney FC signs Central Coast junior

Another piece of Sydney FC’s 2009/10 National Youth League puzzle is in place with the club securing the signature of promising Central Coast junior, Joe Gibbs.


Another piece of Sydney FC-s 2009/10 National Youth League puzzle is in place with the club securing the signature of promising Central Coast junior, Joe Gibbs.

The 17-year old attacking midfielder, who currently plays for Manly United in the NSW Premier League has signed a one year Youth team contract, and is the sixth player to join Coach, Steve O-Connor-s squad this season.

“I think Sydney is a great club. Football wise, there-s more opportunity there than anywhere else I could go,” said Gibbs. “Sydney FC is the team you want to be in, especially at Youth Level, and also senior as well with the new coach (Vitezslav Lavicka). The culture of success at Sydney is very attractive.”

Gibbs-s path into Sky Blue is very similar to that of senior squad member, Chris Payne. Both Central Coast teenagers came to Sydney-s attention while playing for Manly and both earned the opportunity to trial in England by winning the Lucas Neill Scholarship. Gibb claimed the award last season and is now looking to build his career with Sydney FC.

“I-m injured at the moment so first I want to recover from that, but I just want to impress as much as I can. I just want to keep playing football and playing well, that-s the main thing,” he explained.

“It-s a very professional setup at Sydney, with the style the new coach (Lavicka) has brought to the club, and getting a foot in the door through the Youth team is a great opportunity.”