Sydney FC has signed Olyroo hopeful Nikolai Topor-Stanley to a four-week short term deal to cover for the long term injury to fellow Olyroo Jacob Timpano.
Timpano is recovering from off-season groin surgery and is hoping to be fit for the start of the Hyundai A-League season, which kicks off on August 27.
Topor-Stanley, who is one of Australia’s brightest defensive prospects, has been training with Sydney FC while playing for Manly United in the NSW Premier League competition.
The 21-year-old will take part in the club’s Hyundai A-League Pre Season Cup campaign, which begins on Saturday July 15 against the Queensland Roar.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to play for Sydney FC,” he said. “I have been training with them for a while and although it is only a short term contract I have a chance to show people what I can do at this level. It is a great chance for me.”
History shows that short term contracts have been useful stepping stones to full time deals with two of Sydney FC’s short term contract recipients from the 2005/06 season both securing full time deals this year.
Ruben Zadkovich has signed a full time deal with Sydney FC while Tolgay Ozbey has been snapped up by the Newcastle United Jets for the 2006/07 season and beyond.
Topor-Stanley joins a band of young players at Sydney FC including World Cup squad member Mark Milligan (20), Zadkovich (20), Justin Pasfield (21), Timpano (20), Wade Oostendorp (18) and Jeremy Brockie (18).