Perth Glory fans got an exciting glimpse of the future in Saturday night’s emphatic 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory.
Perth Glory fans got an exciting glimpse of the future in Saturday night-s emphatic 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory.
Fielding one of their youngest ever teams, a young brigade of West Australians showed the club-s youth development program is producing quality players.
Six players under the age of 23 took to the field, all were West Australian, four were teenagers and two made their debut.
“Gareth Naven (Perth Glory Youth team coach) has done a fantastic job, great credit to him,” Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson said.
“Our youth is in good hands.”
Jesse Makarounas (17 years old) and Sam Mitchinson (19) were the two newest teenagers to make their Perth Glory and A-League debuts, while Brandon O-Neill (17) started his first game.
All three players have been developed through the clubs youth team along with Josh Risdon (19), Scott Neville (23) who started the game and Tommy Amphlett (23).
“It was great to see the young boys stand up,” Ferguson added.
“In the second half we had young Jesse and Brandon both playing big roles in the centre of midfield.”
To add to the clubs young stocks, 20 year old forward Ndumba Makeche also made his Perth Glory A-League debut last week against Gold Coast.
“We want to keep producing and promoting young West Australian talent.
“They are the future and on Saturday night, they did us proud.”