Hume City's rising star Kristian Trajceski has been named the inaugural winner of the PS4 Player Pathway Award, winning a training stint with Sydney FC's youth team.
Following a three-day training camp in Sydney, the highly rated midfielder was announced the award winner at Valentine Sports Park on Wednesday.
The initiative saw 24 young players from around the country come together to show their skills and participate in elite development sessions under the likes of Caltex Socceroos assistant coach Ante Milicic.
The players underwent rigorous physical testing along with tactical and training sessions throughout the week, which culminated in a match on Wednesday afternoon.
A judging panel consisting of Milicic, Sydney FC youth coach Rob Stanton and former Socceroos Craig Foster and John Kosmina picking Trajceski as the standout performer.
The 18-year-old now has the opportunity to fast-track his dream of becoming a professional footballer after earning the chance to train with Sydney FC’s Youth League team.
“The professionalism here was just a level above the NPL level and I was happy to be here and am obviously so happy to be selected,” said Trajceski.
“The quality was amazing, these were 24 of the best young players from around Australia.
“Hopefully I can do well in the two week trial and progress my career. I’d love to sign a pro contract one day, that’s my goal.”
Trajceski, who shone with his technical ability and pace throughout the camp, paid tribute to his club Hume City for the way they’ve nurtured his career.
“I was 15-years-old training with the first team and went on to make my debut. They’ve been great and I’m really thankful for it,” said Trajceski.
“Last year was a big season I think we trained till October, our run in FFA Cup was a good experience and getting the opportunity to play against the likes of Marconi and Melbourne Victory was a great experience.”
Trajceski revealed he is in fact a Victory supporter but said he’d have no problems donning Sky Blue in his bid to press for his first professional contract.
“We’ll see how I go throughout the trials and see where it takes me,” said Trajceski.
“They chose me for a reason I guess.”