A tenacious young midfielder who belies his tender years with a hardened physical approach to the game, Jacob Melling possesses all the attributes required to become a star of the Melbourne City FC midfield.
Born in Adelaide, Melling attended Saint Paul’s College, Gilles Plains. He was raised through the South Australian youth football setups of Modbury Jets and then the South Australian Sports Institute Football Program (SASI) before playing a key part in the South Australian side’s championship win in the FFA State Institute Challenge in 2010.
Melling was named Player of the Tournament, and was offered a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program where he then went on to become a mainstay in the heart of the Joeys midfield.
On 18 March 2011, it was announced that Adelaide United had signed Melling on for his first professional club contract from the start of 2012.
Melling made his first team debut as a 78th minute substitution in the Round 14 match against Melbourne City. On 20 May 2014 Melbourne City FC announced they had signed Melling for the 2014/15 A-league season.
The 20-year-old established himself as a regular in the City midfield during his debut campaign, and the youngster will hope to continue in the same fashion for many years to come.
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