Academy junior steps up to under 18’s

Academy junior steps up to under 18’s

Posted on September 1, 2020 in 'News'

It’s been a huge season for Fabiano De Abreu, his form in the under 16’s saw him become the latest junior academy player to be added to the NPL-WA under 18’s this season, and has also been selected in the Gold Fields WA Boys State Under 15’s side.

The midfielder is joined in the 18’s squad, by state under 15’s representatives Jay Patel, Josh Kingston and Sean O’Connor.

The 15-year-old said it’s a great honour to get selected and he said his parents have been so supportive, “It always feels great to be rewarded for your hard work,” De Abreu said.

(Photo right: Josh Kingston, Sean O’Connor, Coach Mark Scanlan, Fabiano De Abreu, Jay Patel)

“There are also many others that worked hard and just missed out, to those I encourage not to give up, keep on trying if it’s something you really want.

“My parents are extremely supportive of me, but luckily they enjoy watching the sport too. My Dad lives for soccer, but I’m so grateful for their time and commitment as it certainly makes it easier for me to get everywhere, I need to be.”

The young midfielder started playing football at the age of four at BCC Soccer Club in Bedfordview, South Africa before moving to Australia in 2011.

He then joined Sorrento FC, before heading to the Campus in 2016. It’s the second time the youngster has been selected in the state team, and he has also represented WA State Futsal squad twice

A lot of credit should go to NPL Academy Technical Director and 18’s coach Mark Scanlan, who has guided the side, with an average age of 15, to be very competitive in a tough under 18’s competition. He said it’s a big step, but all four have been great this season.

“I’m very proud to see the young lads in my U18s squad selected for the State 15s because I have the pleasure of working with them week to week,” he explained. “The likes of Josh and Sean have been mainstays of the side this season and Fab and Jay have come into the team and started for the 18’s on merit.

“I should also mention Fletcher Ellerton and Darius Andres who have played 18s and been selected for the 15s as well as Daniel Bennie and Luca Iovene, who’ve been selected in the 14s. The kids are alright.”

De Abreu said the move up to under 18’s has been a challenge, but he said he’s enjoying it at the same time. “Yes, it’s been challenging, the opposition are bigger, faster and stronger, especially since just last year I was playing U14’s,” he explained. “It has been a real step up but I feel that I have been playing a little better each week and building on that 90-minute match fitness.

“It’s exciting to be playing with the Seniors and the team and Mark (Scanlan) have been really great in guiding me through this transition. I hope to continue playing when the opportunity arises and to assist the team wherever I can and help them win games.”

ECU Joondalup Soccer Club have a great reputation of producing talented players and De Abreu said the academy is second to none. “The club do have a history in producing players that go on to perform at the highest level both in Australia and overseas,” he said.

“We have really good coaches and a supportive leadership at the club, that are constantly pushing players to develop and progress when the time is right and supporting them along the way, and with the new and exciting things happening at ECU at the moment, I couldn’t think of a better place to play football in WA.”