Bayern Munich’s move for Sarpreet Singh may be imminent but Wellington Phoenix have already accounted for the Kiwi sensation's potential departure by signing one of the biggest talents in New Zealand football.
Young forward Callum McCowatt, 20, has signed a 12-month contract with Ufuk Talay’s Phoenix, the club confirmed on Wednesday morning.
McCowatt was a standout in last season’s ISPS Handa Premiership, scoring 21 goals in 16 games for champions Eastern Suburbs and clinching a hat-trick in their 3-0 grand final win over Team Wellington.
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The Olé Football Academy product trialled in Europe last year and impressed for the Kiwis at the recent U20 World Cup in Poland, where he played alongside Singh and fellow Phoenix youngsters Ben Waine, Gianni Stensness, Liberato Cacace and Callan Elliot.
"I’m extremely happy to be representing this club in my home country,” he told Phoenix’s official website.
"It has always been my dream to play professionally so I can’t wait to get started and help this club progress.
"The Wellington Phoenix is the pinnacle of elite football in New Zealand and I am really happy to be signing my first pro contract here."