Newcastle Jets have confirmed the signing of Johnny Koutroumbis - a versatile 18-year-old midfielder or defender who last played with Adelaide United’s Youth Team.
Koutroumbis linked with the Jets earlier this week and has now finalised a contract with Newcastle through to the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.
The teenager joins the Jets on an injury replacement contract for Daniel Alessi, who suffered an unfortunate season ending injury early in the club’s pre-season.
Newcastle Jets Head Coach Mark Jones worked with Koutroumbis during the 2016 PS4 National Premier League (South Australia) season, and believes he has what it takes to progress to the next level.
“Johnny played in multiple roles for us in the youth team in Adelaide and has spent time training with their first team,” Jones explained. “He is someone I think can do well in the Hyundai A-League, and now it is up to him to showcase himself the best he can.”
“For a young boy Johnny is a leader. He is an exceptional athlete and has good endurance and is quick. He is a winner and did some special things that helped win us some games in Adelaide last season.”
“Johnny is a well-grounded boy and is very hungry to play in the A-League. He is over the moon to be given an opportunity in Newcastle,” Jones said.
Koutroumbis - who will wear the number 28 kit for the club this campaign - began his football journey with West Adelaide Soccer Club at the age of six.
He joined Adelaide United’s Youth program at 17 after playing in the National Premier League as a 16-year-old.
“I am pretty excited for what the future holds,” Koutroumbis said. “I am actually lost for words with regards to how quickly it [signing with Newcastle Jets] has happened over the past week.”
“Now that I am here one of my goals would have to be to start an A-League game and be in the first eleven at some point this season. Personally I am also aiming to score a goal for the Club this season.”
Koutroumbis ventured to Malaysia during Adelaide United’s 2016/17 pre-season, playing 45 minutes in a 3-0 win for Guillermo Amor’s side against Kuala Lumpur FA in late August.