Signing news: Victory secure exciting teenager Barnett

Melbourne Victory have snared ex-Brisbane Roar midfielder Jay Barnett on a one-year scholarship contract.

Barnett, an AIS graduate, made his Hyundai A-League debut with Roar in January this year and has made three appearances in the competition.

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Barnett, 18, also played a key part in Brisbane Roar’s Foxtel Y-League-winning campaign.

“It’s a great honour to be joining a club of this size, and when I first heard of their interest in me, I had no hesitation in making the move,” said Barnett on Victory's official website.

“I see an opportunity here to progress and develop my game further, and I just want to play as many games for the club as I can.”

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While Victory have added one youngster to their squad, another teenager has left the club.

Rahmat Akbari was on loan at Victory from Roar for the 2018/19 Season and has returned to his parent club.

The 18-year-old Afghan-born playmaker made 11 appearances for Victory in all competitions. 

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Rahmat Akbari returns to Brisbane Roar after his loan spell with Melbourne Victory ended.