South Coast Wolves youth grade player Josh Bingham topped off a great season by signing with the Central Coast Mariners youth team to play in the upcoming A-League National Youth League competition.
Bingham had an outstanding year with the Wolves and won the NSW Premier League under-20 golden boot award, with 13 goals.
Bingham had previously played with Dapto Dandaloo Fury before moving back to the Wolves this year in order to take his game to the next level.
With his eye-catching displays, the Mariners invited him for a trial.
After a training session and a trial match, in which he scored a hat-trick, he was offered a contract by Central Coast youth coach and recently retired former player Patrick Zwaanswijk.
Not just impressing Zwaanswijk, Josh has been performing well enough for Graham Arnold to call him up for regular training sessions with the senior squad.
Josh's success is one of many positives to come out of the season and once again highlights the role the Wolves are playing in giving our local youngsters the chance to compete at the highest level in NSW and showcase their talent to A-League clubs.
At 19, Bingham is a good example for young local Illawarra Premier League players who have ability and ambitions to play at a higher level.
If you are prepared to make the first step up to State League, work hard and perform well enough, you may get the opportunity to further your career and move on to higher honours.
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It was disappointing not too see World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero play on Saturday night.
With a healthy crowd of 6540 on hand to see the legend of the game show off his skill on the pitch, many supporters would have walked away feeling let down.
It was still pleasing to see the Italian superstar take time to sign autographs and take pictures for adoring fans before and after the match.