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Jul 28, 2010   |  11:29PM AET

Mattei promoted to the big time

Mattei promoted to the big time

Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce that young goalkeeper, Sebastian Mattei has been promoted from the clubs National Youth League (NYL) squad to a contracted Hyundai A-League player.

Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce that young goalkeeper, Sebastian Mattei has been promoted from the clubs National Youth League (NYL) squad to a contracted Hyundai A-League player.

The 19 year-old follows in the footsteps of the recently departed Mitchell Langerak, who also progressed through the Melbourne Victory NYL system, having signed a one-year deal.

Mattei has been a regular in goal for Victorian Premier League club, Melbourne Knights this season and now gets his chance as Michael Petkovic-s understudy in the professional ranks, after Glen Moss was transferred to Gold Coast United last week.

The young shot-stopper was understandably thrilled by the news, “it-s amazing, I-ve always dreamt of being a professional footballer and now I can say that I am – although it hasn-t really sunk in yet. But I-m sure it will when we run out against Sydney FC next weekend.”

“Having seen first-hand how hard Mitch Langerak worked last season and just how much he achieved, I-m really looking forward to taking this opportunity with both hands”, he added.

Mattei has been a regular around the club over the past couple of seasons and under the tutelage of Melbourne Victory-s goalkeeping coach, Steve Mautone, he-s developed from a promising youngster into a more than capable back-up for Petkovic.

Mautone saying “Seb is a very talented young ‘keeper and I-m sure, if given the chance, he will acquit himself well over the course of the season”.

“He-s got an amazing work-ethic and his willingness to listen and learn has been tremendous. There aren-t many 19 year-olds with the same level of professionalism and dedication out there, so I-m looking forward to watching him develop into a great ‘keeper”.

Mattei was presented with his shirt this week and will assume the clubs number 20.