Young Sydney FC left back Joel King has re-signed for the club for another season.
The 18-year old prospect, who made his full debut against Newcastle Jets in the Sky Blues’ final regular season game, will return to the squad for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
King spent last year performing well for Sydney FC’s National Premier League and Foxtel National Youth League squads, earning a promotion to the Hyundai A-League squad this season.
He also recently played in Sydney FC’s AFC Champions League group stage match against Hyundai Ulsan, coming on as a second half substitute for Michael Zullo.
The Shellharbour born full back said he was enjoying the experience of being part of the Sky Blues first team and is keen to learn more.
“I’m delighted to be continuing my football education at Sydney FC and I’m looking forward to the next year,” he said.
“My knowledge and understanding of the game his improved enormously under Steve and the other coaching staff this season, and playing alongside the best players in the country every day is only helping my game.
“I really enjoyed the experience of my debut in the A-League and Champions League and felt I was able to grow into both matches.
“My aim is to add to those experiences over the coming months and increase my learning.”
Head Coach Steve Corica believes King has a good future in the game based on his first two appearances.
“Joel has waited a while for his chance but up in Newcastle he was great and I thought he did fantastically well in Ulsan against one of Asia’s strongest football teams.
“He’s still very young with a lot to learn but he has a big chance to do that at Sydney FC and I look forward to him making the most of his opportunity.”
King is the youngest player in the Sydney FC squad at just 18 years old, and joins recently re-signed youngster Luke Ivanovic as the only two players born this century to represent the Sky Blues.