Celtic strike deal to unearth next Tom Rogic - reports
By Matt Farr
Scottish giants Celtic have struck a deal with a Queensland-based outfit which could see them unearth the ‘next Tom Rogic’, according to a report.
The Daily Record claimed on Sunday afternoon that Celtic had reach an agreement with Australian side Nerang Eagles to join their growing list of feeder clubs after five years of negotiations.
Celtic have already secured agreements with several teams across the globe where they send coaches to train, while they have also established first-option rights from their pool of talented youngsters.
The latest deal will also enable young players and coaching staff from the Australian side travel to Glasgow to experience life within the academy set-up at Celtic.
After announcing the deal to the public, Celtic’s international soccer academy manager Tony Massie shared his delight at the club’s new affiliate side.
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He also hinted that it presented the Scottish club with an opportunity to unearth the ‘next Tom Rogic’, an Australian international footballer whose standing has risen during his successful time at Celtic.
Rogic, 24, contributed 10 goals and five assists from 27 appearances for the club this season before being struck down with an ankle injury.
The Nerang Soccer Club was formed back in 1972 and they pride themselves on developing young players throughout the Under 12 to Under 18 age groups.