EXCLUSIVE: Sources in Melbourne say Victory are set to sign unknown Welsh winger Geoff Kellaway who recently came to Australia on a playing holiday says his coach.
Kellaway, a 24-year-old with VPL side Dandenong Thunder, was a standout in a recent friendly with Victory and he appears to have done enough to earn him an A-League contract.
"Geoff's very quick, and very strong, we play him wide right and he's more of a provider but he can definitely hit a ball as well," Thunder coach Stuart Munro told au.fourfourtwo.com today.
Munro - a former Blackburn and Rangers player - was in no doubt that the player can make it in the A-League and implored more clubs to look closer to their doorsteps for talent.
Kellaway, formerly of Aberswtyth Town, has played seven games in the VPL with Thunder before this apparent big break. He is said to have had a medical with Victory today.
The winger is part of a trio of Welsh Premier League players that Munro scouted and brought over. Striker Jamie Reed, formerly of Wrexham, has also apparently caught the eye of Victory.
"They sort of came here on a playing holiday," added Munro. "I've kept tabs on the Welsh league and they have some good players there.
"And he [Kellaway] was a standout against Victory."
The story is strikingly similar to last week's unveiling of Hiro Moriyasu. Three months ago the Japanese midfielder was an amateur footballer living in a Sydney hostel.
Last week he was unveiled as Sydney FC's latest signing for the new A-League season after starring for NSW club Leichhardt Tigers.