Western United has insured its strength in depth in defence for next season by tying down Jacob Tratt to a new one-year contract extension.
The 28-year-old has played 13 times for the Green and Black this season, providing quality cover in a number of positions across the back four.
After confirming his contract extension, Tratt said he is eager to continue being part of the exciting future at Western United.
“I am very happy to be extending my contract at Western United. From the moment I arrived here I felt welcomed and every day since it has just been a pleasure to come in and work with the staff and the players,” he said.
“There’s a special culture at the Club and I think the future is heading in a good place under the guidance of John Aloisi.
“The new facilities will only keep building the Club from strength to strength, which will in turn help build our fan base and I’m grateful to get to be a part of the vision for the Club’s future.”
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato praised Tratt’s ability to fit into the group and have an impact on the side this season.
“Jacob is well respected by his peers and someone that has fit into our group seamlessly,” he said.
“Jacob has some outstanding qualities as a person and team member and he is well aligned with our Club principles.
“Jacob’s versatility is a big plus for our Club and he has performed admirably in a variety of roles this season. For this reason, he is someone that is really important to our Club going forward.”
Tratt joined the Club from Adelaide United in the off-season having previously spent time at Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory.
The No.27 scored his first goal for United in the 3-2 win over Wellington in November and has been a vital member of the backline throughout the season with injuries and suspensions plaguing John Aloisi’s side.
Tratt will look ahead to United’s next match against Sydney FC, eying a win that will take the Green and Black into the top six for the first time this season.