Young Sydney FC Academy and Australian Under 17s goalkeeper Gus Hoefsloot has signed a scholarship contract to join the Sky Blues A-League Men’s squad for the next three seasons.
The highly rated 17-year old prospect has attracted interest from overseas clubs and the Sky Blues are delighted to have secured his signature.
The Stanwell Park born shot-stopper was involved in the Sky Blues Men’s training sessions last season, alongside first team goalkeepers Andrew Redmayne and Adam Pavlesic, but will become a regular fixture from early July.
“I can’t wait to get started on a full-time basis,” he said.
“To be learning and training with some of the best coaches and players in the country is a dream come true.
“Since I joined Sydney FC coaches such as Mizuki Ito and Dave Plowright have taught me the skills, techniques and game knowledge. Matthew Nash has helped me bring it all together.
“I am very fortunate that I’ve been given the opportunity to play several age groups above my own.
“It has challenged me and taken me out of my comfort zone.
“Being part of the A-League Men’s team feels like a natural progression and I intend to make the most of it.”
Hoefsloot joined the Sydney FC Academy Under 13s as a 12-year old and has risen through the ranks over the past six years.
His development has impressed Head Coach Steve Corica and Head Goalkeeper Coach Matt Nash who have rewarded the teenager with an A-League Men’s spot.
“Gus is an exciting and positive young keeper,” said Corica.
“He is confident and is always very keen to show what he can do.
“At 17 he is already a big, strong young man with a lot of potential.
“We expect him to really improve under the guidance of Matt Nash and training with Andrew Redmayne and Adam Pavlesic.”
The young keeper has represented Australia’s Joeys numerous times.
Hoefsloot has dual citizenship and is of Dutch ancestry with Dutch parents.