One to watch: Ryan Kitto (Newcastle Jets)

Ryan Kitto is another prime example of how performing strongly in the PS4 NPL can be a springboard to a career in the Hyundai A-League.

Like Jai Ingham at Melbourne Victory, who was signed after starring with Hume City in Victoria, Kitto was given a shot at the Jets after tearing up the South Australian NPL last year.

Playing for West Torrens Birkalla, the 21-year-old scored 17 goals for the club on the way to being named the Player of the Year in the PS4 NPL South Australia.

It caught the eye of Scott Miller and since joining the Hunter club as an injury replacement for Labinot Haliti, Kitto hasn’t looked back.

The Adelaide born attacking midfielder has made 15 appearances for the Jets this season and has been one of the bright spots in a roller-coaster campaign for the club.

His stats back up just what an impact he’s had in his first real shot in the Hyundai A-League.

Newcastle Jets forward Ryan Kitto

The youngster, who made two appearances for Adelaide United a couple of years ago, has scored two goals – including in the 1-1 draw with Victory on Sunday – and also has one assist to his name.

Comfortable on the ball and with an eye for a pass, Kitto has that ability to unlock the tightest of defences and also has made 11 successful dribbles and eight key passes this season.

Just as important he’s also good at the defensive side of the game, involved in 119 duels and he has a tackle winning percentage of more than 81 percent.

Kitto takes the job of being a pro very seriously. He’s intense and keen to learn, too. 

Not bad for a rookie season and it’s why he’s in the running for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year.