Adelaide United has signed goalkeeper Joe Gauci on a scholarship deal ahead of the upcoming A-League 2020/21 campaign.
Gauci, 20, returns to his hometown after spending last season as a back-up gloveman at Melbourne City.
In 2018 he joined Central Coast Mariners on a scholarship contract for the 2018/19 season from then National Premier League side, West Torrens Birkalla, before a move to Adelaide City followed.
After signing with the Reds, Gauci said: “I’m ecstatic to be signing with Adelaide United.
“As an Adelaide boy, I grew up going to Coopers Stadium and watching the Reds play, so it was always a dream of mine to play for the Club.
“Over the last couple of years I’ve moved around a bit and it’s been hard for the family to come and watch me play, so to have an opportunity to play in front of them regularly is fantastic too.
“The Club is heading in the right direction so, for me, my goal is to play as many games as possible and really make a name for myself as a good, young ‘keeper in this league.”
Adelaide United Director of Football, Bruce Djite, said: “Joe is another fantastic young, South Australian talent that we’re delighted has signed with our Club.
“Joe has all the attributes to be a top-level goalkeeper and we see a big future for him here with us.
“The hard work starts now for Joe, under Eugene (Galekovic) and alongside Dakota (Ochsenham) and Ethan (Cox), I’m confident all three players will continue to develop into important players for the Club.
“As we continue to increase the competition amongst our goalkeepers, we all look forward to watching Joe continue to develop and grow.”