Signing news: Scholarship deals for five City starlets

Melbourne City have signed five players on scholarship contracts.

Raphael Borges Rodrigues, Idrus Abdulahi, Yaya Dukuly, Joe Gauci and Kerrin Stokes have all penned deals at the club.

“Melbourne City has a laser focus on developing the best young players in Australia through world-class coaching and high-performance facilities,” said Rado Vidosic, the club's Academy Technical Director.

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“Scholarship players represent some of the best talent we have and have demonstrated they have the desire and potential to progress into an elite level of senior football. 

“The young players will be exposed to training with the senior team under Erick (Mombaerts) as well as with our talented youth team ahead of NPL and Y-League match days. 

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“We have shown a commitment to playing young talent in the A-League when the opportunity presents itself so the ambition for these players is certainly clear.” 

Borges Rodrigues, Dukuly and Stokes are all 16 years old.

Abdulahi became City's youngest player, at 15 years seven months and four days, when he came on against Central Coast Mariners in April.

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Idrus Abdulahi. Source: Melbourne City