Western Pride FC is pleased to announce the signing of former Brisbane Roar Youth defender Josh Grommen for the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2017 season.
The 20-year old first learned the game as a junior at Ipswich-based community club Western Spirit before earning a two-year stint at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Grommen’s Dutch-Filipino heritage brought him to the attention of the Philippines FA and a call-up to the national 23 side in early 2014 followed quickly by his first professional experience with top-tier club Loyola Meralco Sparks F.C
After spending last year with Brisbane Roar Youth, Grommen returned to the Philippines in 2016 with professional club Stallion FC.
Pride coach Graham Harvey said Grommen was the perfect match for Western Pride.
“He fits all of our criteria – young, talented, has a desire to play at the higher level – so he is the perfect fit,” Harvey said.
“I think he will be a great asset and continue to improve us defensively.”
Harvey had been on the lookout for a new centre-back after losing several defenders overseas mid-season.
Grommen is the first incoming signing for Pride as they prepare for their fifth season in the PlayStation 4 National Premier League.
He joins Corey Lucas in defence, who re-signed for Pride in September after an impressive season.
The club expects to announce further player retentions soon with pre-season training commencing in November.
Words: Garry McKenzie
Photo credit: Western Pride
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