Sydney FC Dominate National U16’s Camp

Sydney FC’s Academy have once again dominated a national squad with six Under 16’s named in a National Talent Identification Camp for boys in Townsville later this month.

Midfielder Lachlan Middleton and twin brother Jared who is a defender, are joined by forwards Jacob Brazete and Pearson Kasawaya, attacking midfielder Tiago Quintal and goalkeeper Gus Hoefsloot.

The camp is to be held between April 11 and 15 and will see feature Australian-based players participating in five days of football-related activities at facilities across the North Queensland city.

“It’s always pleasing to see young players gain recognition for their progress,” said Sydney FC Technical Director – Youth Kelly Cross.

“This national team camp provides a great opportunity for these six boys to learn more.”

Sydney FC’s Under 16 player Pearson Kasawaya has been selected to trial in Townsville.

To have 6 out of 28 players selected from all over Australia reflects well on Sydney FC’s renowned talent identification process and specific youth development methodology.

But Cross stressed: “Part of our role is to keep the boys grounded and to help them realise that their development journey is nowhere near the end.

“While it’s nice to be seen as one of the top 28 players of their age in Australia right now, it is no guarantee that they will be selected in six months’ time, let alone in two or three years.

“At Sydney FC, and in the other A-League academies, there are other players who could make the next camp.

“The secret is to keep all the boys in the Academy focused on continuous improvement; whether they make this camp or not.

“Those are the ones who will be there in the end,” said Cross.

“The six boys selected have been in good form recently and therefore our Academy staff are not surprised that they got the call-up,” he concluded.

Over the course of the camp the boys will play an internal 11v11 elite match and a game against a local ‘select’ team.

Scouts within the local federations have monitored players within school competitions, at club level, talent support programs, and within the National Premier Leagues and A-League Academies in anticipation of choosing the squad.

Forward Jacob Brazete has been called into the Australian Under 16’s Talent Identification Squad

Trevor Morgan, Football Australia’s Head of Technical Direction, Pathways & Coach Education & Australian U17 Men’s Head Coach said this camp gives invitees the chance to push for selection in impending Australian U17 squads.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our national youth teams have been in hiatus for the past two years and this camp will be the first time we’ve been able to bring together some of the country’s best emerging players for a talent identification camp as we prepare for future international games and tournament campaigns,” Morgan said.

“The Joeys will start qualifying as an Under-16 team later this year vying for a place at the 2023 AFC Under-17 Asian Cup in Bahrain. This is the first camp for domestic players who are age-eligible, and we aim to provide more opportunities for players born in 2006 and younger throughout the year to ensure we have the best team possible to represent our nation.

“This squad has been selected through collaboration with clubs and Member Federation technical staff to ensure we are scouting further than before,” he said.

Goalkeeper Gus Hoefsloot has been called into the Under 16’s National Talent ID Camp

Like Football Australia’s recent U23 talent ID camp held in Netherlands, Morgan will be supported in camp by a number of former Socceroos.

Former Sky Blues Mark Milligan and Luke Wilkshire, plus Scott MacDonald will join the coaching staff alongside Member Federation technical staff to provide both assistance and inspiration for these players.

Under 16 National Talent Identification Camp Squad

NameCurrent ClubJunior Club / Member Federation
Luka BLAZEVICFootball SA U16 BoysAdelaide Raiders SC / Football South Australia
Dean BOSNJAKWestern Sydney Wanderers FCFreeman Sports Club / Football New South Wales
Jacob BRAZETESydney FCCurl Curl FC / Football New South Wales
Zachary DE JESUSSydney United 58 FCLakeside Lions FC / Football New South Wales
Miguel DI PIZIOWestern Sydney Wanderers FCAC United FC / Football New South Wales
Benjamin DUNBARMelbourne City FCDoncaster Rovers SC / Football Victoria
Max HATELYWestern Sydney Wanderers FCKellyville Kolts SC / Football New South Wales
Gus HOEFSLOOT (Gk)Sydney FCHelensburgh Thistles FC / Football NSW
Jordan HOEYMelbourne Victory FCDoncaster Rovers SC / Football Victoria
Edward INCEBrisbane Roar FCPine Hills FC / Football Queensland
Nestory IRANKUNDAAdelaide United FCNorthern Wolves Soccer Club / Football South Australia
Pearson KASAWAYASydney FCGriffith City FC / Football New South Wales
Jonathon KELLISMelbourne City FCGlen Eira FTS / Football Victoria
Cyrus MALSAWMKINABrisbane Roar FCLogan Lightning FC / Football Queensland
Kade MCDOUGALLBrisbane Roar FCBuderim Wanderers FC / Football Queensland
Lachlan MIDDLETONSydney FCCollaroy Cromer Strikers FC / Football New South Wales
Jared MIDDLETONSydney FCCollaroy Cromer Strikers FC / Football New South Wales
George MIHAILIDISMelbourne Victory FCBrighton SC / Football Victoria
Angus MUDDLENewcastle Jets FCToronto Awaba Junior FC / Northern New South Wales
Andre PARKESWestern Sydney Wanderers FCCastle Hill United FC / Football New South Wales
Anthony PAVLESIC (Gk)Western Sydney Wanderers FCSydney United Juniors FC / Football New South Wales
Jaylan PEARMANPerth Glory FCKingsley Westside FC / Football West
Isiah QUINNBrisbane Roar FCBrisbane Roar / Football Queensland
Tiago QUINTALSydney FCBaulkham Hills FC / Football New South Wales
Janni RAFTYNewcastle JetsHamilton Olympic FC / Northern New South Wales
Xavier STELLAMelbourne City FCTemplestowe United FC / Football Victoria
Michael VONJA (Gk)Melbourne City FCGeorge Cross FC / Football Victoria
Nicholas ZDRILICSydney United 58 FCRockdale City Suns FC / Football New South Wales