Liberian refugee Teeboy Kamara has signed a three-year contract with Adelaide United, a week after the 15-year-old made his debut in the first-team.
Kamara, who fled war-torn Liberia with his family to Australia as a six-year-old, became the youngest player to play in the A-League against Gold Coast United last Friday. The club said due to his age and the contractual conditions of Football Federation Australia (FFA), Kamara's contract will only officially begin on 18 May next year when he turns 16.
"According to FFA regulations a professional contract cannot start until the player is at a school-leaving age of the state in which he resides," Adelaide United Football Director Michael Petrillo said. "In the meantime he will be a National Youth League contracted player before he makes the transition to a senior contract on May 18 next year."
Attacking midfielder Kamara, who is an Australian citizen, was part of the Australian squad at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico earlier this year. "The last eight months have been eight months of joy with what has happened with my football, but Im definitely not going to get ahead of myself," Kamara said.
"So many people have supported me, family, friends. Im very grateful and I just hope I can be a role model for other young African people to follow their dreams and never stop believing that they can achieve them."