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Jun 11, 2015   |  5:06AM AET

Sydney FC Sign Talented Young Defender

Sydney FC Sign Talented Young Defender

Sydney FC has fought off competition from a number of high profile A-League clubs to capture the signature of talented Young Socceroos (under 20’s) captain Riley Woodcock on a one year deal.

The left back has been a regular fixture in Australia’s national youth teams over the last four years, helping the Joey’s reach the last 16 of the U17 World Cup in 2011 and progressing into the Australian Olyroos (U-23’s) squad this season. 

Woodcock joins fellow Young Socceroos stars George Blackwood, Christopher Naumoff and Alex Gersbach in wearing the Sky Blues jersey, along with new signings Andrew Hoole and Brandon O’Neill, with whom he has also played in recent years.

“I’m very thankful to be given the opportunity to play for a club with the stature of Sydney FC and extremely excited to be playing under Graham Arnold and his coaching staff,” said the 20 year old.  

“I know the club has big ambitious plans in the years ahead, particularly in Asia and that was a huge factor in me turning down other offers to sign for Sydney FC.”

West Australian born Woodcock was on the scoresheet for the Young Socceroos, alongside George Blackwood, as they defeated New Zealand 3-2 in the Five Nations Series in Auckland last month.

He progressed through the ranks at Perth Glory in recent times winning the club’s Young Player of the Year in the 2012/13 season and playing 14 times in the Hyundai A-League.

The full back believes the move to the Sky Blues can further progress his A-League career.

“I’ve played alongside the likes of George, Christopher Naumoff and Andrew Hoole and they’ve all told me how professional and how well run the club is, so I can’t wait to get started.”

“I’ve seen the opportunities Arnie gives to young players and I hope to show him I’m worthy of being given a chance.”

Head Coach Graham Arnold said he is looking forward to working with the young defender as he builds a squad capable of success next year and in the years to come.

“Riley is another great prospect and a good addition for us,” he said.  “He will provide competition for places and it’s a sign that we are building not only for next year but for the future of the club.  

“Moving to a club like Sydney FC will be a challenge for him but one I’m more than confident he can succeed in.”

Woodcock will team up with his new Sydney FC team mates when the squad returns to pre-season training in mid-July. 

Name – Riley Woodcock
DOB – 23/5/1995
Place of birth – Perth, WA
Positions –  Defender / Left Back
Height – 175cm
Weight – 70kgs.
Junior Clubs – Cockburn City, FW NTC, AIS

Domestic Career                                   Apps     Goals
2012 – 2015 – Perth Glory FC NYL       18          (4)
2013 –  2015 – Perth Glory FC               14          (0)
2015 – Present – Sydney FC                  0            (0)

International Career                           Apps     Goals
2011 – Australian U-17’s                         18           (5)
2014 – Australian U-20’s                        15           (3)
2014 – Australian U-23’s                        1             (0)

Individual Honours
2010 – Institute Challenge Player of the Tournament.
2011 – FIFA Under 17 World Cup – Australia – qualified round of 16.
2012 – 13 – Perth Glory Young Player of the Year.

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