Clut signs first team deal while Borrello, Theodore ink Full-Time Youth contractsPosted: February 13, 2014
Brisbane Roar have today confirmed the news that emerging star Devante Clut has signed a two year contract to be apart of the A-League squad. The 18 year old who has been a regular in theNational Youth League squad all season, putting in some solid showings, particularly in the early weeks. He has also been on the bench numerous times this season in the A-League, finally made his debut in the round 16 clash at home to Wellington. That night he looked assured on the ball in his 70 minutes on the park, capping his performance with a nicely taken goal. The youngster followed a similar path to Tom Rogic in that he emerged as a graduate of the Nike ‘The Chance’ Academy in 2012. Having spent a brief spell with the Wanderers and at NSWPL side Parramatta FC, Clut arrived in Brisbane during the pre-season featuring in some of the trials against the A-League sides, notably the Victory game in Ipswich.
In addition to Devante, Brisbane have also confirmed that fellow youngsters Patrick Theodore and Brandon Borrello to two year contacts as Full-Time National Youth League players. Like Clut,Borrello and Theodore have also made their debuts this season, with Heart in Round 4, and Newcastle in Round 6 respectively. Borrello has been something of a regular on the bench in recent weeks, particularly once Kwame Yeboah departed for Germany. Theodore meanwhile has made just the one appearance this season in that round 6 game in Newcastle when Franjic, McKay and Miller were all out for various reasons, however he too has been on the bench a couple of times without getting any game time. Both have had their moments in the youth league this season, however they still need a bit more time and development at that level, which they will now get over the next year or so, while continuing to be in and around the first team squad. The trio will likely form part of Brisbane’s NPL squad which kicks off at the conclusion of the National Youth League season.
After Brisbane went into the season with just the two Full-Time National Youth League players in Ben Litfin and Kwame Yeboah, and Yeboah’s mid season defection to Borussia Monchengladbach,Brisbane had the room to add players to this which is how they’ve signed Borrello and Theodore. From my understanding, the contracts mean that they are still technically NYL players, however they are also an extension of the first team and receive some sort of wage outside the salary cap. Brisbane already treats their best youth products as extensions of the first team so that’s nothing new. It does however make sure that clubs can’t poach the duo, in a way similar to how Brisbane lost Jason Geria in 2012.
Brisbane Roar squad 2014-15 as of 13.02.14:
*Denotes FT NYL players
Bold denotes foreign players
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo.
Defenders: Matt Smith, Shane Stefanutto, Jade North, James Donachie, Jack Hingert, Corey Brown.
Midfielders: Ivan Franjic, Steven Lustica, Liam Miller, Julius Davies, Matt McKay, Luke Brattan, George Lambadaridis, Devante Clut, Ben Litfin*, Patrick Theodore*.
Forwards: Henrique, Thomas Broich, Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello*.
Uncontracted at end of the season:
Matt Acton, Diogo Ferreira, Jean Carlos Solórzano.
Besart Berisha (signed with Melbourne Victory)