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Nov 30, 2012   |  10:31PM AET

Nabbout committed to Victory

Nabbout committed to Victory

Melbourne Victory is delighted to announce that rising star Andrew Nabbout has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

Melbourne Victory is delighted to announce that rising star Andrew Nabbout has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

Having burst on to the scene during the Week 6 clash with Sydney FC in which he scored 2 goals, the 19 year-old has now formalised his arrangement with the club after initially only signing a National Youth League contract.

Melbourne Victory Coach, Ange Postecoglou admits he has been surprised by how quickly the former Moreland Zebra-s youngster has adapted to life in the Hyundai A-League, “We identified Andrew as the type of young player that would fit well into our systems, but the impact he-s had in such a short period of time has been a very pleasant surprise,” Postecoglou said.

“He-s an excellent young man and has worked really hard to get to where he is and thoroughly deserves his first senior contract.

“Goal-scorers are hard to come by and he-s already netted three for us, including those two extremely important ones against Sydney FC a few weeks back, so formalising the agreement obviously became a priority for us,” Postecoglou added.

Nabbout, who has very quickly became a cult-hero among the Melbourne Victory faithful, is excited by what lies ahead, “It-s been an incredible ride so far and to be rewarded with my first professional contract is the realisation of a boyhood dream,” he said.

“Everyone has been great to me since I arrived and started training with the squad, so hopefully I can continue to repay the faith they-ve shown in me.”

“It was only a few months ago that I was playing in the VPL (Victorian Premier League), so it-s all happened really quickly for me,” Nabbout added.

Nabbout-s signing further highlights Melbourne Victory-s commitment to Australian youth, coming just days after Jason Geria (19yo) and Jordan Brown (16yo) also put pen to paper with the club.