Wellington Phoenix have extended their congratulations to former Academy and Phoenix first team graduate, Sarpreet Singh, on making his first team debut for European super club Bayern Munich last night.
Coming on for Brazil international and ex-Liverpool and Barcelona player Phillipe Coutinho, the 20-year-old Singh debuted in the 82’ minute to record his first ever first team appearance for Bayern.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome said the whole club was thrilled for Singh and his family.
”Sarpreet Singh is living proof that if you work hard, are dedicated and have the right support structures around you, young New Zealand football players can succeed by making their way through the Hyundai A-League and to the very highest level.
”Everyone at the club – from the owners who invested money into Singh, through to the Board, all the coaching and support staff, Academy and management – are all thrilled for him.
”I am very proud of our Academy and the exceptional young talent we are producing. Although Singh is of course the highest profile to date, there are many more players doing wonderful things around the world – both on and off the pitch.
”The Hyundai A-League is a wonderful opportunity for young players to develop and express themselves.
”And we are currently working on expanding our Academy again – we are always looking to improve our player pathway and development model – with some really exciting developments coming soon that I think young footballers will want to be a part of.
”For now, we are just so excited that we can congratulate Singh and his family on this momentous achievement.”