Teenage midfielder Ruben Zadkovich has given Sydney FC fans an early Grand Final day present by putting his name to a two-year contract.
Zadkovich, who joined Sydney FC on a short term deal following a long term injury to Ufuk Talay put pen to paper on Thursday.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation since making his debut against the Queensland Roar and many believe his pace has been the missing link in Sydney FC’s armoury leading into the Grand Final.
In five matches he has already opened his scoring account, as well as providing a valuable assist for the opening goal in Adelaide but it is his brashness and pace that has caused problems wide on the left.
That will now continue at Aussie Stadium for the next two years.
“I am stoked to have signed a contract for the next two years,” Zadkovich said. “It is the first time I have signed a contract longer than one years and it gives me some stability to develop.
“I came back from England because I knew the A-League was a good place to become a better player and I have really enjoyed being with Sydney FC.
“We have a great group of players and there was only one club I wanted to play for. Having played overseas I can tell you this is better than what is on offer over there for local players and I can’t wait to Sunday and the next two years.”
Zadkovich is one of six players 20 years of age or under in the Sydney FC squad, which makes a mockery of the “glamour” tag that has dominated the lead up to the Grand Final.
Zadkovich is joined by Mark Milligan, Jacob Timpano, Tolgay Ozbey, Justin Pasfield and Wade Oostendorp on the Sydney FC roster, proof that the future of the game is important to Sydney FC.
That group will also be joined by one of the most exciting younger players in the A-League following the earlier signing of Alex Brosque.