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Jun 02, 2022   |  4:20PM AET

Young Keeper To Stay In Sky Blue

Young Keeper To Stay In Sky Blue

Sydney FC’s Rising Star Award winner Adam Pavlesic will wear the Sky Blues goalkeeping jersey for the next two seasons after signing a new deal with the club.

The 19-year old has agreed the two year contract and becomes the 6th Sydney FC Academy graduate to be awarded a place on the A-League Men’s roster for the coming season.

The young goalkeeper, who played all four games for the Joeys at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, has also had professional development stints at Italian giants Roma and French club Strasbourg.

And he is excited to continue to improve with the Sky Blues.

“I’m thrilled to be staying with this club where I’ve been developing since the age of 14,” he said.

“I feel I’m still very young in goalkeeping terms and there’s no better place to learn more than with the staff and players we have here.

“I’m looking forward to being part of this club’s future for the next few years; it’s a huge time with the new stadium and elite Centre of Excellence.”

Goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic and Patrick Yazbek celebrate victory with fans following victory in the Sydney Derby in April.

Pavlesic made an impressive debut for the Sky Blues against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League 2020 in Qatar before injuring his collarbone in the next game against Shanghai.

Last season he was thrown into a firey Sydney Derby helping the Sky Blues to a 3-2 win, when illness and injury to Andrew Redmayne and Tom Heward-Belle opened the door to his first Isuzu-Ute A-League start.

Head Coach Steve Corica is happy to have the youngster back on board.

“We’ve been strong in our goalkeeping department for a long time now and keeping Adam here confirms that,” he said.

“Not too many clubs have goalkeepers who’ve represented the Socceroos, Olyroos, Young Socceroos and Joeys on their books and it keeps everyone on their toes.

“Adam will only continue to grow and develop in our environment with our goalkeepers pushing each other every day to be the best they can be.”

Pavlesic joined the Sydney FC Academy in its second season in 2017 and has represented the Australian national team 13 times.