Transfer news: City sign teenage striker

Melbourne City FC has announced the signing of promising 19-year-old striker Braedyn Crowley ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Crowley joins City from National Premier Leagues (NPL) Victoria team – and City affiliate club – Northcote City. 

The striker joins on a scholarship contract until the conclusion of the 2017/18 season, and was unveiled on the first day of the Club’s pre-season training camp in Townsville, where Crowley commenced his junior career with Northern Fury.

A striker who possesses great pace and a keen eye for goal, Crowley has previous A-League experience with the Newcastle Jets, making five appearances in 2015 after breaking through the club’s Foxtel National Youth League squad.

It was Crowley’s success at NPL Queensland club Northern Fury which attracted the attention of A-League scouts, with Crowley awarded the NPL QLD Young Player of the Year award after netting a club record 17 goals during the 2014 season.

Crowley’s arrival at City follows recent signings Michael Jakobsen, Tim Cahill, Josh Rose, Neil Kilkenny, Bruce Kamau, Daniel Arzani, Ruon Tongyik, Luke Brattan and Manny Muscat, and the re-signing of Dean Bouzanis, Nick Fitzgerald and Anthony Caceres

Crowley joined his new teammates during the Club’s pre-season tour of Townsville this week and is available for selection against his former side in Wednesday evening’s friendly match.