A-League newcomers Western United are set to further bolster their first ever A-League side with young talent after securing the services of highly-rated youth prospect Josh Cavallo from Melbourne City.
Caught in the bottleneck of City’s midfield, Cavallo, 19, is set to join the Western Melbourne based side on what dailyfootballshow.com has learned is a two-year professional deal that will begin at the conclusion of his A-League scholarship contract with City in May.
He becomes the second confirmed player to be making the switch from Bundoora to Tarneit: right back/winger Dylan Pierias announced by United in March.
A graduate of FV’s NTC program, Cavallo – alongside his brother and one-time A-League player Christian – was initially signed to the youth setup of Melbourne Victory before making the switch to City in pursuit of further developmental opportunities.
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Recruited to City by now-former Academy Technical Director Joe Palatsides, Cavallo went on to earn a call up to the Young Socceroos during his time in City-Blue and was named City’s Y-League player of the year for the 2017-18 season.
A versatile midfielder, Cavallo has regularly been employed as a Mr Fixit in City’s Y-League and NPL sides; at one point or another playing in every outfield position for City’s youth sides.
Having impressed their scouts during the 2018-19 Y-League season and 2019 NPL Victoria campaigns, United staff anticipate employing Cavallo in his natural role as a No.6 – where they expect him to thrive with more game time.
He now joins Josh Risdon, Connor Chapman, Aaron Calver, Sebastian Pasquali, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Pierias, and marquee Panagiotis Kone as a part of United’s inaugural A-League squad; the confirmed signings having an average age of just 22.65 years.
Several other players understood to be already signed or agreed to contracts.
dailyfootballshow.com believes that this potentially includes further members of City’s academy, which has also lost the likes of Denis Genreau and Anthony Lesiotis on top of Young Socceroos Pierias and Cavallo in the past twelve months.
United has also signed highly-rated NPL Head Coach John Anastasiadis and Central Coast Mariners’ legend John Hutchinson as assistants ahead of their opening season but, for now, remain without a Head Coach officially announced.
Current Wellington Phoenix boss Mark Rudan has been heavily linked to the vacant post; rumours that will only intensify with the latest reports from across the Tasman that he has informed the ‘Nix that he will not be returning in 2019/20.