Heart add Vrankovic to squad

Melbourne Heart FC have signed Qantas Young Socceroos' defender David Vrankovic for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

Melbourne Heart FC have signed Qantas Young Socceroos' defender David Vrankovic for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

The 18-year-old has inked a two-year deal to join John Aloisi-s side and follows the arrivals of new season recruits Dylan Macallister, Josip Tadic, Patrick Gerhardt, Steven Gray, Golgol Mebrahtu and Andrew Redmayne.

A strong central defender, Vrankovic recently featured for Paul Okon-s Young Socceroos during the AFC U/22 Championship qualifying tournament in Indonesia, starting in the side-s 3-2 win over Macau to help secure Australia-s place in Asia-s premier under age international competition.

Head Coach John Aloisi feels Heart will provide Vrankovic with the perfect opportunity to continue his development as an elite footballer.

“David is a young talented defender and we are certainly looking forward to working with him as he takes the next step in his football journey,” he said.

“Our commitment to youth and offering a pathway for emerging players is proven, and in David, the club feels it has a player capable of making rapid development. He is mobile and comfortable on the ball, traits which are a prerequisite in the modern game.

“Under tutelage of our coaching staff, we are confident David will be provided with every chance to fulfil his potential and follow in the footsteps of Brendan Hamill and Curtis Good.”