Celeski Signs Up To Victory
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MELBOURNE Victory have signed Olyroos midfielder Billy Celeski on a one year deal to boost their squad for the Asian Champions League.
Celeski, who was born in Macedonia and raised in Melbourne, had the remaining year of his contract with Perth Glory mutually terminated yesterday, allowing the skillful midfielder to return to his hometown.
Celeski, 22, debuted for the Qantas Under 23s in September last year and made 20 appearances for the Qantas Young Socceroos, including all three of Australia’s matches at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The exciting youngster spent the inaugural Hyundai A-League season with Glory, before returning back to Victoria for stints with Bulleen and Whittlesea in the Victorian Premier League.
Celeski was recruited back to Perth ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2007/08 season, where he scored four goals from 18 appearances, including a hat trick against Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium in Round 17.
Victory Coach Ernie Merrick said: “We’re always on the lookout for players that are not only physically capable and technically outstanding, but players who are up and coming national team players that have represented Australia at youth and Olympic level.
“These are the type of players that we want to grow the team in the longer term and Billy fits into that profile.
“He’s technically very good and he’s tactical development through the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Australia Institute of Sport has been spot on and he fits the culture of our club.”