Former A-League Youth Perth starlet signs with Italian Serie B giants – FTBL
A double Australian-Italian citizen, Alessandro Circati joined the Serie B team of Parma in 2020. Prior to his departure for Italy, he had played in the A-League Youth for Perth Glory. The 18-year-old has now signed his first professional contract.
Signature of Alessandro Circati
- The 18-year-old has signed his first professional contract with Parma.
- Circati has been part of Serie B since the end of 2020.
- He joined Parma from Perth Glory’s A-League Youth team.
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The Western Australian-raised player had played for Perth Soccer Club as a junior and recently spent four years at Perth Glory Youth Academy. He received the academy’s best player award before his departure.
He moved to Italy in 2020, joining the Parma Youth Academy. Circati has now signed a professional contract. In doing so, he succeeds his father Gianfranco Circati, who played for the club in the 1990s.
Circati’s contract is expected to run until the end of June 2024, the club said. Parma also said the following when signing the young Australian, who signed a deal with compatriot Ankrah Awua:
“We – in light of our commitment to bring in young talent – are proud of Alessandro and Ankrah, who have been part of the Club since 2020 and 2018 respectively, having taken this important step in life and in their career. . “
While Circati has yet to play for the senior squad, featuring a number of youth teams from Parma, he has been on the Serie B team’s scoresheet for four league games in December 2021.
Parma is a giant of European football, having already won two UEFA Cups, a European Super Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. However, the party has had a rough time in the 21st century, with a number of scandals engulfing the Italian side.
Most recently, they declared bankruptcy in 2015 and were relegated to Serie D. Three consecutive promotions have seen them return to Serie A. A disastrous 2020-21 season relegated them to Serie B where they compete.
Parma is currently in 13th place in the Italian second division, eleven points from a promotion place but only five points from a promotion play-off position.
Circati is not the only young Australian player currently on an Italian side. Former A-League Youth player Cristian Volpato signed with AS Roma and made his Serie A debut for Jose Mourinho’s side late last year.
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