Western Pride are delighted to announce the signing of former Brisbane Roar defender Cameron Crestani.
Crestani joins Pride having made 6 appearances for Roar across the Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League since his senior debut against Perth Glory in February.
The highly-rated centre-back also captained Roar’s Youth side before being released at the end of the season.
Pride coach Graham Harvey said the capture of Crestani would benefit the club on and off the field.
“Cameron will improve us defensively and his quality distribution from the back will enable us to continue improving our build up play,” Harvey said.
“He has been in a professional environment for five years so this experience will be imperative when he works with the other players in the squad.”
Crestani is the second player with Hyundai A-League experience to join the club in recent weeks following the return of former Pride striker Harrison Sawyer following a stint with Newcastle Jets.
Harvey said signing the two highly-rated youngsters was proof of Pride’s rising reputation for youth development.
“The fact both players saw Pride as the best fit to give them the chance to become professional footballers again speaks volumes for the environment we are fostering,” Harvey said.
“The pleasing thing for me is both boys are desperate for game time and they recognise that the pathway at Pride will do that.
“We trust young players and allow them to make mistakes and learn in the first team environment.”
Crestani is well-known to the Pride squad having previously captained Sawyer, Joe Duckworth, Hayden Mchenery and Dylan Wenzel-Halls in Brisbane Roar’s Youth team.
Harvey said player word-of-mouth about the quality of Pride’s development program helped bring Crestani to the club, and expected word would spread further.
“I hope there are more young players in Queensland and Australia-wide who recognise the work that has gone into our program over the last two and half years,” Harvey said.
“Players see Pride as place to develop their footballing careers.”
Crestani is expected to make his debut on Saturday against his former club when Pride take on Brisbane Roar Youth in their PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland clash at Briggs Rd, Flinders View at 7pm.
WORDS: Garry McKenzie
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