Young midfield star Sebastian Pasquali will continue to realise his potential in the West, signing a one-year contract extension at Western United.
The 23-year-old has been a foundation player at the Club and remains one of Australia’s best young midfielders with a bright future ahead.
Capable of playing in advanced and deep-lying positions, Pasquali solidifies a young and exciting midfield core featuring new signing Angus Thurgate and Western United Academy product Rhys Bozinovski.
Pasquali returned to fitness and featured in each of the last six Isuzu UTE A-League matches in the 2022/23 season, showing his supreme technical ability and tactical awareness.
After agreeing terms with the Club, Pasquali said he has been reenergised by his return to the pitch and is hoping to have an even bigger impact next season.
“I’m really pleased to re-sign and recommit to the Club. I’m excited to continue to build and grow the Club as we head into the fifth season of existence, and I look forward to giving our fans and members plenty of happy and successful moments next season,” he said.
“It was really pleasing on an individual note to be able to contribute in the final games of the season and really build some momentum and consistency in my performances.
“It left a really good taste in my mouth and it’s something I’ll look to build on next year with the help and support of my coaches and teammates.”
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato praised Pasquali’s constant commitment and development, admitting his delight at seeing him remain in the Green and Black.
“Seb has worked incredibly hard for a long time to get himself ready to take any opportunity that came his way, and he did exactly that towards the end of last season,” he said.
“We were all delighted for Seb and extremely pleased with the impact that he added on the pitch, as I’m sure our fans were as well.
“As a foundation player, Seb is the ultimate professional and continues to understand and drive our culture, and while still being a young player, he has fantastic leadership skills and a great influence in our dressing room. We are extremely pleased to have him remain with our Club for next season.”
Pasquali has so far made 21 appearances for Western United, starting 11 times since debuting as a 20-year-old in January 2020.
He remains a highly-rated midfield prospect having come onto the scene at Melbourne Victory before earning a move to European giants Ajax in the Netherlands, signing at 16 years of age.
Pasquali will set his sights on continuing his consistent run of fitness through pre-season and ensuring he is ready to contribute on the pitch from the first whistle of the 2023/24 campaign.