Transfer news: Mariners sign classy young playmaker

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Friday, 7 July 2017 

In a huge coup for Central Coast Mariners, they’ve signed young Australian star Daniel De Silva for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons.

De Silva is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best young playmakers and arrives in Gosford after spending two seasons in the Netherlands with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie.

The ex-Glory star made headlines in 2013 when he debuted in the Hyundai A-League as a 15-year-old, scoring his first professional goal a year later in the Westfield FFA Cup against Melbourne Victory.

After just 32 Hyundai A-League appearances, De Silva was signed by Italian giants, AS Roma and departed Glory at the completion of the 2014/15 season.

De SilvaIn 2015, De Silva also won a call-up to the Caltex Socceroos squad by Ange Postecoglou.

He has also represented Australia at all youth levels which included the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

De Silva play predominantly as a ‘number 10’ and his signing is a huge boost to Mariner coach Paul Okon’s attacking stocks.

“As soon as I arrived I was very warmly welcomed,” De Silva said.

“All the players are great; the staff are great and I have a very good feeling about this club already.

“Paolo gave me so many opportunities as a young player – he took me to the U-20 World Cup.

“I love the brand of football he plays and instills into the players so that was a big factor for me deciding to come to this club. I’ve worked with him previously and really enjoyed it so I am looking forward to working with him full time this season.

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“I want to play as many games this season and give my very best to the club. Every game, every training session. I want to play a part in getting this team into the finals and going as close to winning the league as possible, if not win the league.”De Silva said he’s is excited to be developing his game at a club like the Mariners and hopes to take his career to the next level in Gosford.

“Tom Rogic is the best number 10 for Australia at the moment, he’s a great player,” De Silva said.

“The way that this club gives youth a chance and has nurtured that talent is very impressive.

“The type of football that is being implemented here and the philosophy is one of the biggest reasons why I chose to play here so I am looking forward to playing that type of football and I know we will be very dangerous this season.

“Hopefully I can add some attacking flare to the squad, that’s really important when you get to that final third to make assists and score goals – I think that’s what my game is and I look forward to bringing that to the club this season.

Ex-Perth Glory star Danny De Silva is reportedly being chased by Hyundai A-League club Central Coast Mariners.Coach Paul Okon said of the signing: “We are delighted that Daniel has decided to commit his future to the Central Coast Mariners. t’s been a long time in the making but it’s certainly worth the wait.

“I have worked with Daniel and he is one of the most exciting and talented young Australian players. Our intent has always been to strengthen the squad and Daniel will no doubt give us that quality in the final third that we need.

“We want our supporters turning up excited to watch us play an attacking style of football and Daniel certainly compliments this style,” Okon said.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Daniel De Silva joins Roda JC on loan

Daniel De Silva training with Roma during the ICC in Melbourne.
Youngster Daniel De Silva has finalised a loan deal with Dutch Eredivisie club Roda JC Kerkrade.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who recentlly joined Italian giants Roma, has been loaned to the Dutch club for two seasons.

De Silva is the third Australian to link up with the club, join Socceroos striker Tomi Juric and ex-Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners midfielder Rostyn Griffiths at Roda.

De Silva made his debut in the Hyundai A-league as the second youngest player ever at only 15 years of age and made a total of 33 first team appearances for Glory.

De Silva has also represented Australia at youth level on numerous occasions including a man of the match performance in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup scoring a goal as a 16-yea-old in a 1-1 draw with Colombia.

Roda JC Kerkrade Managing Director Wim Collard was verypleased to have a young talent like De Silva join the club.

“We are very pleased that Daniel has come to enforce our team. We can use him for several positions on the midfield and internationally he is known for his great talent. I expect that he will bring us a lot of joy and success in the coming two seasons.”

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Rudi Garcia: No guarantees Daniel De Silva will play

Daniel De Silva on the ball during an AS Roma training session.
Rudi Garcia can’t promise Australian fans they will see Daniel De Silva in a Roma shirt when the Giallorossi face Manchester City.

The Serie A outfit defeated Real Madrid on penalties following a tame 0-0 draw in the first match of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday night.

Australian teenager De Silva wasn’t among the substitutes for the clash with the star-studded Liga giants.


And there are no guarantees the teenager, signed from Perth Glory last year but who remained at the A-League club for the 2014-15 campaign, will be used in Roma’s second and final match on Tuesday night.


Quizzed on his immediate plans for the young forward, head coach Garcia said: “Right now we have many strikers, it’s difficult to give everyone some playing time.”

“Most of all we’ve given him (De Silva) the chance to train with the squad. I couldn’t see all my young players. That’s why (Francesco) Totti, (Seydou) Doumbia and (Mattia) Destro only played 30 minutes.”

The withdrawal of Roma captain Totti after just 30 minutes of the game would surely have proven a major disappointment to the 80,000 supporters who braved the cold to cheer on the European heavyweights.

Garcia assured the media the 38-year-old was taken off purely as a precaution during such an early stage of pre-season training.

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Francesco Totti impressed by Daniel De Silva

Daniel De Silva trains with his AS Roma teammates on the MCG.

Head coach Rudi Garcia and captain Francesco Totti like what they’ve seen from Daniel De Silva after the young Australian linked up with Roma ahead of the International Champions Cup.
De Silva signed for the Serie A side in 2014 but remained in the A-League with Perth Glory last season.

Since then the 18-year-old has been called up to the Australian national team by Ange Postecoglou, although he is yet to make his debut for the Socceroos.

A first appearance for the Giallorossi could well arrive first.

De Silva has joined Roma’s squad in Melbourne as they prepare for pre-season matches against Real Madrid and Manchester City.

His new coach wouldn’t say if the young forward has a chance of featuring for the first team in 2015-16, but – when quizzed by Goal – did offer a positive review of the Western Australian’s potential at a press conference on Friday.

“We took the chance to bring him here to Australia with us,” former Lille boss Garcia said.

“He’s a very interesting prospect. He’s a player for the future. He’s young. He has to grow and to mature. It’s important for him to train with the (first team) players. I’ve spoken to him. It will be a great chance for him. It means AS Roma has an eye not only the European market but also the whole of football.”

Club captain Totti, 20 years De Silva’s senior, will eventually have to make way and allow a younger man to inherit Roma’s No.10 shirt.

It remains to be seen if the Australian is capable of one day inheriting his mantle, but the playmaking skipper has no doubts over the newcomer’s raw ability.

“I agree that Daniel is a great prospect with big potential,” he said.

While De Silva is likely to be thrilled at being given the opportunity to train alongside some of Italy’s best players, Totti and his senior team-mates are itching to be let loose in Australia’s second biggest city.

“We actually we’ve only seen the training facilities so far,” he said when asked for their impressions of the Victorian capital.

“We haven’t had any free time. But I’m sure over the next few days the coach will give us some hours (off) and the chance to visit the city. It’s a nice city, I enjoy it very much. I usually watch it on TV for the Formula One GP. I wish it were closer. It’s very far away.”

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Daniel De Silva could make his AS Roma debut against Real Madrid

Daniel De Silva could make his AS Roma debut against Real Madrid.

Australian teenager Daniel De Silva is eyeing a dream debut for AS Roma against Real Madrid in the upcoming International Champions Cup (ICC) in Melbourne.

The ex-Perth Glory playmaker has been included in the Roma squad for the tournament and could be thrust into action against Real at the MCG on Saturday night.

De Silva was given a farewell by his ex-Glory team-mates on Monday before heading off to link up with his new side for the ICC, which also features EPL heavyweights Manchester City.

“Hopefully I’ll have some good sessions there and have my debut against a team like Real Madrid or Man City,” De Silva told reporters in Perth on Monday.

“If I come on against the likes of Ronaldo and I’m only 18 years old, it would be unbelievable to make my debut against those teams.

“It will be a little bit easier being in Australia, meeting the boys…maybe I can show them around Melbourne.

“It’s been a long time coming but now it’s very close, there’s only a couple of weeks until I leave [for Italy}. It’s starting to hit home but I’m really excited about what the future has in store.”

In a huge treat for Aussie fans, Italian legend Totti is also part of the Roma squad.

And De Silva admits he is thrilled to finally get the chance to meet his new team-mate and one of the most revered players in the game.

“Growing up I watched some of them a lot. The likes of Totti, who’s won the World Cup,”

“It will be fantastic for me to learn off them. I’ve already been learning off some great players in the Socceroos as well.

“To learn off some of the best players in the world like Totti, [Daniele] de Rossi, Gervinho will be fantastic for me and help my football to develop as well.”

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Daniel De Silva living his dream with the Socceroos

Daniel De Silva calls for the ball at the Socceroos training camp in Dubai.
Daniel De Silva is relishing the chance to soak-up as much as he can from the likes of Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak during the Socceroos training camp in Dubai.

The 18-year-old is part of Ange Postecoglou’s squad currently in the UAE preparing for next week’s World Cup qualifying opener against Kyrgyzstan.

De Silva was a late inclusion in the squad for the injured Massimo Luongo and plans to make the most of the opportunity.

Being around the likes of skipper Jedinak, Cahill and co. is a dream for the former Perth Glory player who has signed with AS Roma.

“Everyone here is very professional, especially those players [Cahill and Jedinak],” De Silva told FFA TV.

“Just being able to learn on and off the pitch will be such a great thing for me and help my professionalism to become better.

“They have played at the highest level. Just watching them and what they do will definitely help my career.

“We’ve been here only a couple of days and the experience has been great. I’ve experienced what the culture is like and what the plan is moving forward with the Socceroos and what the future has in store for us.

“It’s early in the camp still but I’m getting a very good feel for it.”

If De Silva does get on the pitch in Bishkek he would become one of the youngest-ever players to make their debut for the Socceroos.

“I’ve always been the youngest normally anywhere I go,” he said.

“I’m just going to enjoy this experience. If I get a chance to play that would be fantastic. I’m just really happy to be a part of this squad and a part of the plans for the future.

“It would probably be the best moment ever so far,” he added about the feeling of making his debut.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little boy and started playing, to play for the Socceroos. For it to come real, hopefully soon, it would be one of the greatest moments of my life for sure.”



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Perth Glory 2 – 2 Brisbane Roar

Hyundai A-League leaders Perth Glory took advantage of a 10-man Brisbane Roar in the closing stages to snatch a 2-2 draw at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Dino Djulbic scored the equaliser in the 84th minute after Roar defender Corey Brown was sent off eight minutes earlier for denying Jamie Maclaren a goal-scoring opportunity.

Brisbane had earlier taken the lead with two goals in three minutes to Jean Carlos Solorzano and Matt McKay after teenager Daniel De Silva gave the home side the lead in the first half.

It ended the Roar’s three-match winning streak as Glory’s winless streak extended to six games.


1-0 Daniel De Silva (26’) Glory left back Scott Jamieson played the perfect long ball to Chris Harold on the far post, but the angle was too tight for the winger to head the ball into the back of the net. Instead, he knocked it towards the centre of the box where De Silva was waiting and the youngster calmly finished the job despite pressure from a fast-closing Luke Brattan.

1-1 Jean Carlos Solorzano (60’) Despite scoring five goals in Brisbane’s last six games, the Costa Rican was overlooked for a starting spot for new signing Andrija Kaluderovic. But he showed why he has been so vital to the Roar’s resurgence by volleying teammate Brandon Borrello’s low-flying cross into the back of the net on the hour mark.

1-2 Matt McKay (62’) The Brisbane captain and Socceroos regular thrashed Glory defender Josh Risdon for speed and made no mistake with his deadly left foot from the edge of the 18-yard box to give his side the lead just two minutes after Solorzano’s equaliser.

2-2 Dino Djulbic (84’) German winger Dragan Paljic’s attempted cross hit the corner woodwork and ricocheted back into the path of Dino Djulibic, who calmly bounced the ball into the open goalmouth.

Key moment

Brisbane looked set to walk away with the three points until defender Corey Brown dragged down Jamie Maclaren as the Glory substitute chased down a Mitch Nicholls pass in the 76th minute. Brown was immediately shown a red card by referee Ben Williams, much to the chagrin of the Roar bench. It opened the door for Glory to produce yet another remarkable last-gasp fightback and salvage a point from the enthralling contest.

Opta Data Stats

Brisbane has scored nine goals and collected 10 points from their past four matches. On the other side of the fence, Perth have conceded 10 goals in their last four matches at home and scored just four times in their last three matches despite leading the league.


Treatment table

Henrique sent a scare through the Brisbane camp late in the first half when he appeared to jar his left knee as he landed following an aerial challenge with Glory’s Rostyn Griffths. The Brazilian attacker left the pitch briefly for treatment and was clearly hampered by the complaint until he was substituted in the 65th minute.

Back to the drawing board

Glory striker Andy Keogh has scored just one goal from his past six matches and that was a penalty against Melbourne Victory on January 25. The Irishman has nine goals next to his name for the season and is finding himself in a position to score on plenty of occasions, but he desperately needs to find the back of the net for Perth to remain a championship contender in the final rounds of the campaign.

The Final Word

Glory will lose top spot (on goal difference) for the first time since Round 5 if Melbourne Victory beats Wellington Phoenix tomorrow. Victory has also played two less games than Perth. It has been a good run from Kenny Lowe’s side, but four points from the last six matches is hardly the stuff of a league-leading side.


The draw was enough to see Brisbane return to the top six (also on goal difference) and Frans Thijssen’s side has only themselves to blame for not claiming maximum points on a perfect night for football. Brown’s untimely exit exposed the Roar’s defence in the final minutes and could prove costly in the battle for sixth place come the final round of the season.


Perth Glory: Danny Vukovic (GK), Rostyn Griffiths, Dino Djulbic, Andy Keogh, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Chris Harold (Jamie Maclaren 56’), Josh Risdon, Daniel De Silva (Mitch Nichols 67’), Scott Jamieson, Michael Thwaite (C), Dragan Paljic.

Brisbane Roar: Michael Theo (GK), Jerome Polenz, Corey Brown, Andrija Kaluderovic (Jean Carlos Solorzano 46’), Henrique (Dimitri Petratos 65’), Jade North, James Donachie, Matt McKay (C), Luke Brattan, Thomas Broich, Brandon Borrello (Luke De Vere 79’).

Scorers: Daniel De Silva (26’), Jean Carlos Solorzano (60’), Matt McKay (62’), Dino Djulibic (84’)

Red cards: Corey Brown (76’)

Yellow cards: Rostyn Griffiths (45’+1)

Conditions: 23C, fine

Attendance:  10,422 @ nib Stadium

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Hyundai A-League’s fresh stars (and future Socceroos?)

They are the fresh faces and teen sensations lighting up the Hyundai A-League. We spotlight four of “the kids” taking the league by storm. We cannot wait to see how these players develop over the coming years.

Alex Gersbach (17 years of age) – Sydney FC

Graham Arnold has made a habit over the years of discovering and nurturing some impressive young talent – can add Gersbach to that list. The Miranda Magpies junior has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the competition, nailing down the left-back spot at the Sky Blues with a string of fine performances. Gersbach has rarely put a foot wrong since making his starting debut in front of more than 40,000 fans in the Sydney derby in round two – right in the middle of taking his HSC exams. An Australian under-17 international, Gersbach not only reads his defensive positioning and responsibilities impeccably but also provides a great option and crossing ability going forward. Undoubtedly a Socceroo option for the future.Meantime, he may be part of the Olyroos’ Road to Rio 2016.


Daniel De Silva (17  years of age)  – Perth Glory

De Silva is regarded as one of the most gifted young players to have ever emerged from Australia. Possessing fantastic skill and creativity, the Perth-born youngster is a genuine No.10 and has the ability to thrill the crowd with his vision and knack at picking out a killer pass. De Silva became the second youngest player to make his Hyundai A-League debut as a 15-year-old back in 2012 but it’s this season we’ve seen his best, making 11 appearances and scoring two goals as Glory have surged to the top of the ladder. It’s no surprise a club with the calibre of Serie A giants AS Roma worked so hard to sign him, with De Silva to become team-mates with the likes of Francesco Totti and Danielle De Rossi from next season. In fact, with Roma in Melbourne this July, that could be the first time we see him the giallorosso shirt. He could be another vital player for the Olyroos’ Olympic qualification campaign.


Awer Mabil (19  years of age ) – Adelaide United

The Kenyan-born attacker is blessed with two qualities that his coaches love and opposition defenders dread – lightning pace and the confidence to run at and take on his marker. When Mabil turns on the afterburners it not only gets the crowd on their feet but there’s generally not a defender that can keep up with him. He has improved immensely under Spanish boss Josep Gombau over the last season-and-a-half and is beginning to add consistency to his eye-catching performances in terms of his crossing accuracy and goals. Mabil – who has four goals this season already – might have had an unsuccessful trial at Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam earlier this season but you can’t imagine it will be long until he’s snapped up by a club abroad.


Jacob Melling (19) – Melbourne City

It says a lot about the talent of Melling that in a squad that contains the likes of Robi Koren, Damien Duff and Aaron Mooy, the powerful teenager has emerged as a key component of City’s midfield. Melling started his career at Adelaide United, making nine top flight appearances for the club, but joined City looking for more opportunity – and has made the most of it. A combative player with huge engines and clever passing game, Melling’s emergence this season has coincided with City’s mid-year revival. He does a lot of the unfashionable work that often goes unnoticed but has allowed Koren, Duff and the other creative players do their thing in the attacking third.


And one to watch…

Braedyn Crowley (18 years of age ) – Newcastle Jets

Crowley made his debut over the weekend in the Jets’ 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers FC. Signed after a superb season in the Queensland NPL with Northern Fury, Crowley is highly-regarded in the Hunter and was promoted to Phil Stubbins’ side after some exceptional performances in the NYL. The youngster hit the net 17 times for Fury last season and also took out the competition’s Young Player of the Year award. Despite some uncertain times at the Jets recently, Crowley is one to keep an eye on for the rest of the campaign.

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Perth Glory 4 Central Coast Mariners 1


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Perth Glory bounced back from the disappointment of losing the Westfield FFA Cup earlier this week to crush Central Coast 4-1 at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Chris Harold capped his return to the starting line-up with a brace while Irish Andy Keogh took his season tally to seven and Daniel De Silva scored one of the goals of the year in the resounding win.

Glory equalled Melbourne Victory’s record of eight consecutive home wins from the 2008-09 season as Kenny Lowe’s side moved six points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League table following Victory’s 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Melbourne City earlier in the evening.

The Mariners, who are yet to taste victory since the opening round, remain in eighth position on the table and in serious danger of missing the finals after crashing to their sixth loss of the season.


1-0 Chris Harold (33’) With three Central Coast players closing on him, Keogh leaped in the air and knocked an incoming ball to the advantage of Glory teammate Sidnei, who fired a low cross from the left to the centre of the box for Harold to complete the easiest of finishes.

2-0 Andy Keogh (35’) Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy was left with egg on his face after passing directly to Harold just outside the box. Harold then crossed the ball to the exact same spot from where scored he scored only two minutes earlier, only this time Keogh was there to put the ball into the back of the net.

2-1 Matt Simon (49’) The veteran striker became the first Mariners player to score multiple goals for the Gosford-based club this season when he turned Glory defender Dino Djulibic inside out at the top of the penalty area and fired a low strike at the bottom right corner which easily beat a desperate lunge from Perth custodian Danny Vukovic.

3-1 Daniel De Silva (71’) The brightest young prospect in Australian football brought the parochial nib Stadium crowd to its feet with a wonder strike which caught everyone by surprise, including Reddy. De Silva flicking a Harold pass to himself before turning and slotting the ball towards goal as a hapless Reddy desperately tried to make up for his poor positioning.

4-1 Chris Harold (79’) Harold staked his claim for a permanent starting spot with his second goal for the evening when he brilliantly curled the ball from a tight angle on the left, across the face of goal and into the back of the net near the far post. Glory coach then cruelly denied the former Gold Coast player a chance to snare a rare hat-trick by immediately substituting him from the game.

Key moment

The game was still on the line when exciting prospect De Silva entered the arena in 57th minute and his wonder strike 14 minutes later ended any chance of a Central Coast fightback while justifying the hype surrounding the young star who could force his way in the Socceroos 23-man squad for the Asian Cup.

Opta Data Stats

Keogh’s seven individual goals this season is equal to the number of times the Mariners have found the back of the net in the first 11 rounds, highlighting the lack of attacking options at Phil Moss’s disposal. Central Coast also has woes at the other end of the pitch, with 14 of the 18 goals conceded this season coming from inside the penalty area.

Highlights reel

De Silva’s stunning second-half strike is certainly a contender for goal of the season, while Reddy staked his claim for one of the saves of the season. Keogh looked set to add a second goal in eight minutes from close range when he turned and fired at the bottom left corner, but Reddy moved quickly off his line and bunted the ball away with his outstretched right arm.

Treatment table

Central Coast defender Michael Neill hobbled from the pitch in the 39th minute with what appeared to be a serious left ankle injury. He did not reappear on the team’s bench after half-time.

Glory winger Sidnei also limped from the field in the 57th minute with a left calf injury. The Brazilian missed the first nine rounds of the season with a similar complaint and was making his first starting appearance of 2014/15.

Back to the drawing board

Ruben Zadkovich will be glad to see in-form right back Josh Risdon return from suspension for Friday’s clash with Melbourne City after being horribly exposed in the position. The former Newcastle captain is regarded for his defensive qualities as a midfielder, but did not appear comfortable in a purely defensive role on Saturday night.

The Final Word

The convincing victory helped Glory put a week of heartbreak and scandal behind it ahead of a tough stretch that will see Kenny Lowe’s side travel to Melbourne for clashes with the resurgent City on Boxing Day and fellow title contenders Victory on January 2 before returning to Perth to seek revenge against Westfield FFA Cup conquerors Adelaide on January 5.


Another loss puts the Mariners in the tough position of needing to win each of the club’s next three games against fellow strugglers Brisbane Roar next Saturday, Western Sydney on New Year’s Day and Melbourne City on January 4 to keep alive their fast-fading hopes of playing off in another finals series.


Perth Glory: Danny Vukovic (GK), Rostyn Griffiths (Brandon O’Neill 80’), Dino Djulbic, Ruben Zadkovich, Andy Keogh, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Richard Garcia, Chris Harold (Jamie Maclaren 80’), Sidnei Sciola (Daniel De Silva 57’), Scott Jamieson, Michael Thwaite (C).

Central Coast: Storm Roux, Joshua Rose, Zach Anderson, John Hutchinson (C), Anthony Caceras, Nick Fitzgerald, Liam Reddy (GK), Richard Vernes (Mitchell Duke 54’), Glen Trifiro (Seung-yong Kim 70’), Matt Simon, Michael Neill (Matthew Sim 39’).

Scorers: Chris Harold (33’, 79’), Andy Keogh (35’), Matt Simon (49’), Daniel De Silva (71’)

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Ruben Zadkovich (89’)’

Conditions: 24C, clear

Attendance:  9660 @ nib Stadium

Source : Football Federation Australia

NAB Young Footballer of the Year contenders

Daniel De Silva celebrates his goal for Perth Glory in the Westfield FFA Cup.
Daniel De Silva celebrates his goal for Perth Glory in the Westfield FFA Cup.
After FFA announced the list of players eligible for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 Award, we look at some of the contenders for the award from each Hyundai A-League club.

In a variation from previous seasons, the age eligibility criteria for the upcoming season has been changed from 21 to 23 year old players which is in line with the FFA’s Olympic Football Program.

As a result, players born after 1st January 1991 will be eligible for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 Award.

Voting will be conducted on a monthly basis with the overall winner drawn from the list of monthly nominees, and announced at the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2014/15 Awards Night on Monday 11 May.

The first monthly nominee will be announced next week.

Adelaide United

Awer Mabil – The 19-year-old Young Socceroos attacker is a real excitement machine, possessed with bucket-loads of pace and skill. Has already played 23 Hyundai A-League games, scoring three times.

Brisbane Roar

Brandon Borrello – The teenage striker has loads of potential and a strong eye for goal anywhere around the box. He will certainly be pushing hard for a starting spot in the hope of filling the huge boots of departed striker Besart Berisha.

Central Coast Mariners

Anthony Caceres – Scored one of the goals of last season in the F3 derby. The 22-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder, equally comfortable getting in a crunching challenge as well as starting attacks with his accurate passing.

Melbourne City

Stefan Mauk – The classy Young Socceroos midfielder is one of the brightest youngsters at City. He has already had a small taste of the Hyundai A-League and will only get better learning from the likes of Robert Koren and Damien Duff.

Melbourne Victory

Connor Pain – The 20-year-old winger has the one thing you can’t coach – and defenders hate – which is blistering pace. Needs to add a touch more quality to his final ball but after a strong pre-season is in for a huge 2014/15 campaign.

Newcastle Jets

Mark Birighitti – Got a taste of international football as part of the Socceroos’ initial squad for the recent FIFA World Cup and is destined for plenty more. Will be keen for a huge Hyundai A-League season, especially with the Asian Cup just a couple of months away.

Perth Glory

Daniel De Silva – One of the brightest midfield prospects in the country with sublime vision and touch. The fact he has signed with Italian giants Roma for next Serie A season is proof enough of the 17-year-old’s quality, as was his goal this week in the Westfield FFA Cup.

Sydney FC

Corey Gameiro –Is in the form of his career, carrying a superb pre-season into the early rounds of the A-League with two goals in just three games. He has it all. Lightning pace, an eye for goal and gets through plenty of work for his team-mates.

Wellington Phoenix

Tom Doyle – The 22-year-old former Nike Chance winer has made a strong impression in his first season in the Hyundai A-League. Starting every game so far at left-back.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Daniel Alessi – It’s not just his football ability that’s impressive but Alessi has a strong head on his shoulders for a teenager. Made an impressive Hyundai A-League debut last season at just 16, in a Sydney derby of all games. Has impressed in every chance at senior level.

Source : Football Federation Australia website