Melbourne Knights FC
posted on September 24, 2010 15:43
Melbourne Heart FC has maintained its commitment to promoting local talent after signing Victorian Premier League Under 21 Player of the Year Adrian Zahra to a short-term contract.
A product of the Melbourne Knights, Zahra has signed for Heart on a four-week deal as a replacement player after impressing during his extended trial stint at the Club.
Capable of playing in midfield or defence, Head Coach John van ‘t Schip said Zahra is a valuable addition to Heart’s playing roster.
“Adrian has trained with the Club for a while now, and throughout this time, has shown great commitment and football ability,” he said.
“As a Club dedicated to developing youth, it is important that we provide opportunities for young Victorian players to make an impact and take the next step to the Hyundai A-League.
Having recently turned 20, Zahra joins fellow 2010 Victorian Premier League graduates Nick Kalmar, Kliment Taseski and Aziz Behich on Heart’s roster, highlighting the depth of talent in the State’s top flight division.
Zahra first joined the Knights as a young 15 year old in the Under 16's Super League side, winning the league in 2005 where he was coached by Billy Vojtek.
In 2006 he joined the Under 21's and played for the 2007 Championship winning under 21's side as well which would later earn him 19 games off the bench in 2008 under Chris Taylor where Zahra was named as a substitute in the Grand Final.
2009 saw the Knights loan the pacy winger to Western Suburbs in State League 1 hoping for the youngster to earn some experience playing against the stronger bodied men in the seniors upon returning to the Knights in 2010.
The starlet then turned it on for the 2010 season, playing in every game and scoring two goals - catching the eye of many. He polled third overrall in the VPL Gold medal and won the Under 21 Victorian Premier League player of the year.
The Melbourne Knights would like to wish Adrian Zahra all the best in continuing the Knights' tradition of bringing through young talent to the highest level.