Olympic Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of attacking midfielder, Keegan Jelacic ahead of the 2022 NPL Queensland season.
The 19-year-old with A-League experience arrives at Goodwin Park following a standout season with Young Roar where he established himself as one Queensland’s best young players.
Jelacic scored nine goals, catching the eye with his ability to beat players one-on-one in an impressive Young Roar side that achieved a best ever second placed NPL Queensland finish in 2021.
Jelacic’s strong season earned him a spot in the NPL Queensland All Stars, with the 19-year-old scoring in the sides 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar at Perry Park in November.
The attacking midfielder made two A-League appearances for the Roar, coming off the bench in games against Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory during the 2020/21 season.
At international level, Jelacic represented New Zealand at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil, playing against the hosts and Canada as the Kiwis finished third in their group.
Jelacic, who will wear the number eight jersey joins Zac Kierpal as the second new addition to Ben Cahn’s squad ahead of the 2022 season.
Jelacic said he was looking forward to a big year at Goodwin Park.
“I was keen knowing that I’d be playing and learning off some of the best players and coaching staff in an environment where I know I can grow and help the team,” Jelacic said.
“I’ve come to win trophies and bring more success to this club.”
Jelacic trained with his new team mates for the first time last week as pre-season training commenced ahead of the 2022 NPL Queensland season.
Olympic FC 2022 NPL Queensland squad (announced): 3. Zac ANDERSON, 7. Daniel LECK, 8. Keegan JELACIC, 9. Zac KIERPAL, 10. Steve WHYTE, 14. Shannon BRADY, 17. Danny DRIVER