Western United’s next generation: Rhys Bozinovski and Jerry Skotadis

Western United has strengthened its A-League squad for the upcoming 2021/22 season with a number of new signings, but a host of young players coming through the club’s academy are also poised to make their mark.

The club has seen great success in the launch of the inaugural NPL team this year, with the seniors currently sitting one point off top of the table in NPL 3 while the season remains on hold due to COVID-19.

A number of the stars of Ante Moric’s team made A-League debuts last season and many more will be hoping to impress John Aloisi and break into the first-team over the course of the 2021/22 campaign.

Rhys Bozinovski

Rhys Bozinovski became the club’s third scholarship signing of the off-season when he completed his deal at the beginning of August.

At just 17 years of age, Bozinovski became an integral part of Moric’s NPL side after joining from Melbourne City, with his creativity and eye for goal from midfield providing a boost to the team.

Thanks to his strong Maltese and Macedonian heritage, Bozinovski comes to Western United with football in his blood. His grandfather, Willie Vassallo, captained both the Maltese national team and his club.

Bozinovski has left school at Maribyrnong College to focus on the development of his football and will be out to make an A-League debut over the course of the coming season.

Jerry Skotadis

Jerry Skotadis joined Western United ahead of the club’s inaugural season having previously been on the books at Sydney FC, where he made one appearance in the AFC Champions League.

Skotadis immediately took to life in the A-League, playing 17 times in the first season as United made it all the way to the semi-finals, and added another 10 games in the 2020/21 campaign.

A high energy midfielder that excels at winning the ball back for the team and moving possession forward, Skotadis has the assets to develop into a top player at Western United.

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