Teenage prodigy Kamau commits to Adelaide

of Adelaide United of Wellington Phoenix during the Round Of Thirty-Two match between Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix at Marden Sports Complex in Adelaide, Tuesday 5th August. (AAP Image/Ben Macmahon) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Adelaide United signed exciting winger Bruce Kamau to a one-year contract for the A-League 2015-2016 season, the club annouced.

Kamau has been training with the youth team for two years and made his senior debut against Malaga on a night he says is a career highlight.

"I only found out days before that match that I would be included in the squad but to come on and play against a La Liga side was a dream come true," he said.

Since then, he made his professional debut against Wellington Phoenix in the FFA Cup and his A-League debut against Brisbane Roar in round one of this season.

"I think I've done well so far this season, but with the injuries I've had I haven't been able to play at my best," the 19-year-old said.

Signing this contract shows that the club has trust in me for the upcoming season and I'm planning on stepping it up another level for the rest of this season and beyond."

Already an FFA Cup winner, Kamau is currently in his second youth team season and credits Michael Valkanis and Angelo Costanzo, as well as the culture Josep Gombau has brought to the club, in allowing him to make that next step.

The youth team play the same as the first team and this is credit to the coaching staff in that they allow for a smooth transition into the first team," said Kamau.

As long as you know the system, the club will always give you the chance to progress.

This culture that Josep Gombau and Guillermo Amor (technical director) has brought in, as well as growing up in Adelaide and being a follower of this club, made it a no-brainer for me to sign my first professional contract with the Reds."

Playing as a left or right winger, Kamau knows that he still has to work hard to cement his spot in the first team, a short-term goal he is hoping to reach by the start of the new season.

I am going to do the best that I can to make it into the starting 11 and then from there become a regular starter for this club."

Coach Josep Gombau, who gave Kamau his chance with the Reds, was quick to praise the youngster.

We as a club are very happy that Bruce has signed a contract with us," said Gombau.

Bruce has improved so much as a player this season and we offered this contract to him because he deserved and earned it.

He is a player from South Australia and he is one of the products of our youth program and it's a big value for us to promote players from within the club."

Source: SBS