Heart Maintains Youth Focus With Zahra Signing

Melbourne Heart FC has demonstrated its continued focus on promoting local talent by signing Victorian rising star Adrian Zahra to the Club’s permanent roster.

Melbourne Heart FC has demonstrated its continued focus on promoting local talent by signing Victorian rising star Adrian Zahra to the Club-s permanent roster.

Currently on an injury replacement deal covering for Eli Babalj, Zahra-s impressive debut season has prompted Heart to sign the 20-year-old to a two-year contract, starting in 2011/12.

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip said he has been impressed by Zahra-s athleticism and endeavour since joining the Club as a triallist.

“Adrian has achieved the opportunity to become a professional through hard work and persistence,” he said.

“He joined us initially on a trial basis, and since then, has shown he has the all-round qualities, both technically and physically.

“Our Club is committed to providing a pathway for Victorian footballers. Adrian-s signing shows there is local talent available if you are prepared to give them a chance and work with them.”

Zahra-s signing marks a meteoric rise for the Victorian Premier League-s Under 21 Player of the Year, who made his first Hyundai A-League appearance in the inaugural Melbourne Derby in October.

Since forcing his way into Heart-s starting line-up, Zahra has developed into an integral member of the Club-s attacking third, his pace and mobility regularly troubling opposition defences.

The Heart technical staff have also been encouraged by Zahra-s versatility and undoubted capacity to be fielded in a variety of positions across the park.

Details Adrian Zahra D.O.B: 24 September 1990 Position: Utility Hyundai A-League Appearances: 15 Hyundai A-League Goals: 2 Previous Clubs: North City Lions, Melbourne Knights