Australian youth international becomes a Terrier
- Nicholas Bilokapic joins the Huddersfield Town Academy
- 17-year-old ‘keeper has played for Sydney United 58
- Australia international was part of the recent Under-17 World Cup
The Huddersfield Town Academy has signed 17-year-old Australian goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic.
Nicholas joins the Club on a two-year scholarship with the Club that’ll run until 31 January 2022.
Bilokapic, who already stands at 6’ 3” tall, played for junior club Sydney United 58 and was part of the Socceroos’ squad at the recent Under-17 World Cup, having been capped by his country at Under-18 level too.
However, he doesn’t need a work permit to play in England due to his Croatian ancestry.
Having been spotted playing for Australia by Town’s Head of Goalkeeping Paul Clements, Nicholas spent time on trial with Town’s Academy in early December 2019 and kept a clean sheet in the Elite Development Team’s 2-0 home win over Hibernian at PPG Canalside.
His uncle, Paul Bilokapic, was capped twice by Australia during his playing days as a midfielder.
Nicholas will follow in the footsteps of Town’s 19-year-old Australian stopper Jacob Chapman, who was in the First Team squad for the first time as a substitute in the Terriers' Sky Bet Championship game at Fulham on 1 February 2020.
Huddersfield Town’s Head of Academy Recruitment Emyr Humphreys explained:
“We’re really excited to welcome Nicholas to the Huddersfield Town Academy.
“He has real physical attributes in terms of his frame and athleticism and real ability with his feet, plus he has a calmness that is really welcome in a goalkeeper.
“He still has a lot of room for improvement, and our coaching and games programme will give him every opportunity to fulfil his potential.”
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