Sydney FC have signed 16-year-old academy graduate Joe Lacey to a three-year contract from next season in a deal that makes history for the Sky Blues.
Lacey becomes the first player in Sydney’s history to develop from their Academy Training Program (ATP) into the Academy Under-13 squad and onto the first team in the Isuzu UTE A-League.
The teenage sensation – one of Sydney’s “biggest talents” – has already been involved with the Sky Blues this season, having sat on the bench for the season opener against rivals Melbourne Victory in October.
He is in the extended squad for Saturday night’s showdown against Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium.
“I’m excited and thrilled to have been offered my first professional contract,” said Lacey.
“It’s a dream come true for me. From the moment I started with the Academy Training Program aged 11, I have always wanted to become a professional player and play for Sydney FC.
“To get the contract was the best feeling in my life and I cannot wait to begin my A-League career in Sky Blue.”
Lacey had been scouted by a large number of clubs before Sydney snapped up the Academy product.
Sydney head coach Ufuk Talay made a promise to the club’s young talent.
“Joe has the potential to be an excellent player and we are delighted to have completed his signing,” he said.
“He is a very technically gifted number 10, he scores goals and is equally adept using both feet.
“Australia’s best young talent will always get an A-League career opportunity at Sydney FC and we will fast-track them into our A-League squad.
“Joe is one of our biggest talents and has been scouted by a large number of clubs, so we are very happy he has decided his future lies with Sydney FC.”
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