The production line continues to roll, as the nation’s capital has contributed two talented youngsters to this season’s Sydney FC national youth league side. In particular, seventeen year old striker, Jordan Tsekenis has won himself a spot in the reigning champion’s squad after a two-day trial.
Tsekenis has worked his way through the ACT youth ranks, starting out at FFA cup participants, Tuggeranong United before progressing to Woden Valley and before getting his real breakthrough, into the ACT Academy of Sport side.
After his stint at the academy was completed, Jordan moved into the Senior National Training Centre (NTC) where the striker has developed for the last two seasons. Tsekenis and his NTC teammates have been competing in the National Premier League (NPL) U20s. He finished the season with a more than respectable return of eighteen goals
The Technical Director had previously commended young Tsekenis, who was a converted number nine to play centrally but the seventeen year old, can play wide if required. His pace and eye for goal, troubling defenders going forward.
His hard work has paid off, Tsekenis recently finished his trial, moving into the Sydney FC youth squad alongside former academy teammate, George Timotheou. The defender has featured in several friendlies for the senior squad including the games against Newcastle United and West Ham in New Zealand.
Having Timotheou in the squad has helped ease Tsekenis into the set-up at Sydney FC. “He [Timotheou] has helped me settle in well, introducing me to everyone,” said Tsekenis.
“His help made things better and smoother than if I had to integrate into the squad on my own.”
The continuing development coming from the nation’s capital will strengthen calls for a team in the town, which doesn’t have a nationally recognised footballing presence. A-League clubs have realised the talent in the region, with both Sydney teams, playing friendlies there this pre-season.
Talents like Timotheou and Tsekenis, will only aid the cause of an eventful ACT team in the A-League but for now, Tsekenis is looking forward to the upcoming NYL season. The Sky Blues will be defending their championship after a dominant 2013/14 season where they won twelve games, drawing three.
Jordan sees no reason why they won’t be in contention for what would be the third NYL title for the Sky Blues, after a good preseason.
“We have trained well thus far, and if we can continue to play how we have in training,” said the Sydney FC attacker.