Johnny Koutroumbis will remain with Newcastle Jets has penned a two-season contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.
A product of the West Adelaide Soccer Club, Koutroumbis linked with the Jets from Adelaide United’s Youth Team in October 2016 on an initial one-season injury replacement contract for Daniel Alessi.
The former Red has made 14 appearances for Mark Jones’ men since his arrival in the Hunter.
“He (Jones) has given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I really thank him for it,” Koutroumbis said. “It is all about the Coach giving me a shot, and I had to try and take it wisely.”
“My parents and family are over the moon. They are proud of me and have stuck by me for a long time, taking me to training and now it feels that it has all been worth it.”
“Newcastle is a lovely place, it reminds me of home (Adelaide). The Jets provide a good environment for me to be in because there are a lot of young boys in the team, plus older boys who are good mentors and a good coaching staff.”
Koutroumbis worked with Jones in the city of churches throughout 2016 while he was playing in the National Premier Leagues (South Australia) with Adelaide United.
Jones said Koutroumbis deserves his extended deal at the Club.
“Johnny deserves this opportunity,” he said. “He is an excellent athlete, is very quick, and has great endurance.
“He is also a leader and winner, with an excellent attitude and approach to the game.”
“He is they type of young player that we want involved with the club.”