Utrecht sign young Australian trio
Winger Oar, an outside bet for a surprise call-up to Australia's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ squad, has signed a five-year contract with the Eredivisie outfit while Zullo and Sarota - both promising youngsters - have penned three-year deals.
Brisbane Roar chief executive Peter McLennan admitted that while their departures will be a big blow to the club's A-League prospects next season, he was pleased they had been able to help further the trio's careers.
"You can't help but be disappointed to lose three young players who have the undoubted potential of Tommy, Michael and Adam," he said.
"However, for the Brisbane Roar this is tempered by the knowledge we have provided each of them with the platform to potentially become the next generation of Socceroos.
"Our aim as a club has always been to identify exciting young talent, provide them with an environment to develop and the opportunity to prove themselves in the A-League. The unfortunate downside of this is when these players display the talent we've identified it becomes very difficult to hold onto them."
"Football is a global game and as a club we would never stand in the way of a player who expresses a desire to test himself at the very highest level. With that in mind, we wish the three boys the very best of luck with FC Utrecht where we will watch their respective careers with a great deal of pride and interest," McLennan said.