Western United young gun Jake Najdovski has committed his future to the Green and Black, signing a contract extension until the end of the 2025/26 season.
The 18-year-old attacker is western born and bred and has progressed rapidly through the talent pathway in the Western United Academy.
After impressing in both the Under 21’s and the Under 23’s, Najdovski signed his first professional contract last year and made his senior debut in the Australia Cup against Edgeworth Eagles in August.
Putting pen to paper on a new deal, Najdovski spoke glowingly of the opportunity he has been given at the Club and highlighted his ambition for the future.
“I’m really pleased. I’ve been here for a year in the first-team environment and I feel like I’ve developed a lot as a player and as a person. I’m just excited to keep developing and keep nurturing my skills on the pitch,” he said.
“It’s surreal that I get to represent my community and give back for all that it’s done for me. It just shows that if you work hard, you will get the opportunities here which is really nice to see.”
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato hailed this as an important signing for the Club and its development pathway in the West.
“This is a special story for us. We strive to give talented young players in the West the chance to represent our Club and Jake has done everything right to earn his opportunities,” he said.
“His application and attitude have been exemplary ever since he joined the first-team and his talent remains at a high level amongst our squad.
“We are eager to continue supporting Jake on his football journey and help him realise his potential at Western United.”
After making his first appearance in the Australia Cup, Najdovski will be eying a maiden appearance in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men this season.
Najdovski and his teammates remain in pre-season training with the season opener against Melbourne City just under a month away.