Melbourne City FC has secured three of their brightest talents, signing teenagers Dylan Pieiras, Denis Genreau and James Delianov to senior Hyundai A-League contracts.
In a massive boost for the club ahead of Saturday night’s clash with Sydney FC, the three 17-year-old’s have committed to the club for the next two seasons.
All three players have come through City’s Academy teams.
Midfielder Genreau and goalkeeper Delianov joined City’s first team from the club’s youth system on scholarship contracts this season and have extended their deals, which will elevate them into the first team for the next two seasons.
Both have trained regularly with the first team throughout the 2016/17 campaign, while Genreau, a former youth team Rising Star award-winner, has made three appearances in the first team this season, including his debut in December last year against Perth Glory.
Genreau, who has signed a three-year deal, has also been included in City’s A-League extended squad to take on the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium this weekend.
Pieiras, a talented defender, will be promoted to the senior team roster next season from the club’s Foxtel National Youth League squad.
Pierias debuted for City against Brisbane Roar in February, making him the first player born in the 21st Century to play in the Hyundai A-League.
Pieiras is also the first player to graduate through the club’s Melbourne City College of Football program to play first team football.
“These three players have been nurtured through our youth system and have shown immense potential during their progression and development within our club,” coach Michael Valkanis said.
“Developing young players is crucial to our club’s philosophy and each of these players have worked with our current coaching staff through our youth structures and therefore have a great understanding of the football we want to play.
“Having the players deliver our community clinics will help them to further develop their communication and leadership skills, while helping inspire the next generation of football players and fans in our community.”