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Atkinson Trains With Melbourne City First Team

Tasmania might not have to wait too much longer to see it’s next export in the A-League as youngster Nathaniel Atkinson has recently found himself given the opportunity to train with the Melbourne City first team.

Evidently the coaches have been pleased with the Riverside product’s progression since he made the switch at the start of the 2016 season and see the 17 year old as a future first team prospect for the A-League side owned by the wealthy City Football Group.

Having played in a number of positions since making the switch, Atkinson has been playing as a right back recently where he recently scored this stunning goal  in the NPL Victoria competition.

It’s a position that the coaching staff at City think he has a future in after playing him in a number of positions throughout the 2016 NPL and National Youth League seasons, even playing as a striker (and scoring against Tasmania) in the State game held last October.

Atkinson in action against Tasmania last year.

Whilst this doesn’t guarantee we will be seeing the talented Tasmanian gracing the A-League in the immediate future, it’s a sign that is well on track and if he keeps progressing at the current rate it appears a likely scenario.

His former NDC Coach Kenny Weston said it was evidence of the progress he has been making.

“Nathaniel’s progressing very well at City. Being called up to train with the first team is proof that his hard work and talent is being noticed. A recent call up for a Young Socceroos camp is further evidence of his recent progression. He has played numerous positions for the youth team and this versatility is helping him to get opportunities.”

Atkinson is not the only Tasmanian currently at City, with former Olympia youngster Aidan Farquhar also contracted to the club. The 16 year old centre back made the switch in January as Tasmania’s partnership with the Melbourne based club continues to provide the best young talent a pathway to the highest level. He has been playing regularly with the under 20 side and looks like another name who could one day be gracing the A-League.

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