Abel Walatee has accepted a four-year deal from Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe, a Danish professional football club from Gladsaxe currently playing at the 3rd highest level of Danish domestic football in the Danish 2nd Division group 1.
A 19-year-old from Caroline Springs, Walatee joined the Academy in 2021 and has developed considerably during his time at the Academy.
Walatee is a talented winger with energetic and explosive qualities that enable him to be a threat to opponents, particularly in one-v-one situations where he has caused havoc for defences this season. He also has a powerful shot which has seen him get on the score sheet four times from 15 appearances.
Academy Director Anthony Frost is proud of Walatee and wishes him the best in his next chapter.
“Since joining the club, Abel has steadily improved upon his undeniable talent but has taken a big leap forward in his development this season which has culminated in interest from overseas.
“Abel has sharpened his tactical understanding of the game, as well as physical output enabling him to be a key player in the U23 team’s success this season.”
Frost also believes this opportunity is representative of the pathways United is creating for footballers in the West.
“Despite being in our infancy, we’re already starting to see several players from our Academy progress to the professional game, both in the A-League and overseas.
“The success we’ve had in such a short period of time has been fantastic and I am confident in the calibre of our Academy staff to support even more players to make this transition.
“We have a clear purpose to help our players maximise their potential, and to see a player from the West get to realise their dream challenges us to work even harder to help others do the same,” Frost said.
Walatee has departed us this week and everyone at the Club wishes him the best of luck in Denmark.