Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (third from right) receiving a jersey from Newcastle United Jets football operations manager Nicholas Deluca during a memorandum of understanding signing between the Perak Football Association (Pafa) and Newcastle Jets at the state secretariat building on Jan 29, 2014.
IPOH: The Perak FA (Pafa) will send teenager Mohd Firdaus Saiyadi to Australia for trials with A-League outfit Newcastle United Jets next month.
Pafa technical, development and competition committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya said that the 18-year-old Mohd Firdaus and another youngster would be sent to Australia to attend a two-week trial with the New South Wales club.
“Under the exchange programme, we will see coaches and management staff between the two parties share experiences and ideas,” said Shahrul following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pafa and the Australian club at the state secretariat building here on Wednesday.
Mohd Firdaus is a member of the Perak President’s Cup squad who emerged champions in 2012. Last year, he led SMK Anderson to a runner-up finish in the 100Plus Ministry of Education Super Cup Under-17 Champion Schools tournament, where he was also named Best Player of the tournament.
Shahrul said that Newcastle Jets would hold their pre-season tour in Perak as part of the agreement.
“We also have an option to travel to Australia for our pre-season training too,” he said, adding that former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey is playing with the Australian club.
Shahrul also said that the state was in the midst of setting up football academies in all districts in the state to unearth new talents for the state team.
”These academies will act as our feeder centres to provide new blood and talents for the state,” he said.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who witnessed the signing ceremony, hoped that the programme would continue to improve the quality of the state team.
He also wished Mohd Firdaus luck in his trial with Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle Jets football operation manager Nicholas Deluca said he was proud to have signed the MoU with Perak and looked forward to a better partnership.