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Saracino Signs With Sydney FC

 South Hobart FC today announced that 16-year-old Antonio Saracino has signed for Sydney FC. He will join the academy program and look to emulate Nathaniel Atkinson’s path to the A-league. 

Antonio had spent the past three weeks in Sydney at Valentine Park training and playing with the Sydney FC Academy.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, Saracino said he was looking forward to the challenge and that he would work hard to make the most of his chance.

“It’s exciting, it’s obviously a dream come true for me.” 

“I just need to keep working, putting the effort in and working away. Hopefully I can progress through the Sydney FC system and work my way into the first team.”

“Obviously A-League is the dream but I know I have to work hard to get there.” 

He admitted it had come as a bit of surprise how fast things had moved with the youngster .

“A month ago I didn’t even know I was going up the trial in Sydney, now I am leaving for good tomorrow, it’s amazing really.”

Saracino received the news he had been offered a place on Saturday night, and will depart for Sydney to begin the next stage in his footballing journey on Thursday afternoon.

Sydney FC Academy Director Kelly Cross sung the praises of the talented youngster. 

“All the staff at the Academy were impressed right from the start of Antonio’s trial period with us. It was clear that he had been playing at a high level with Ken and the South Hobart boys, and he soon adapted to our way of playing. We also saw that the Sydney FC players warmed to him immediately, as much for his personality as for his ability.” 

“When his host family told me, they want to adopt him, it was clear that Antonio is a good person, and good people and family are what we are all about here at Sydney FC.”

“It will be a tremendous learning experience for Antonio to train and play with several current Australian U16 players, as well as some top U17 boys.” 

“This is what our partnership with South Hobart is all about: providing opportunities for talented Tasmanian players on the A-League pathway. I’ve visited Wellesley many times and have always been impressed with the quality of the young boys and girls they are developing.”

South Hobart Coach Ken Morton said he was delighted at this opportunity for Antonio.

“After a very exciting start to the 2018 season Antonio broke into the senior NPL squad at the age of 15 and we were delighted at the quality of his football.  We are very happy to see him join Sydney FC where we are positive under the guidance of Kelly Cross and the coaches at Sydney FC Academy Antonio will develop even further.  We would like to thank James Johns of DJ Motors who believes in developing young talented players and has contributed to Antonio’s pathway to Sydney FC.”

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.