18-year-old Australian stopper commits his future to Town
- Nicholas Bilokapic signs his first professional contract
- Goalkeeper agrees contract until 2023 at Huddersfield Town
- 18-year-old has been capped by Australia at youth level
Academy goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic has signed his first professional contract at Huddersfield Town!
The 18-year-old custodian has committed his future to the Terriers until the summer of 2023, effectively extending his stay by a further 12 months over his existing scholarship agreement.
Nicholas came to the attention of Town’s Head of Goalkeeping Paul Clements whilst on Australian international duty last year; he was part of the Socceroos’ 2019 Under-17 World Cup squad and has also been capped at Under-18 level.
He subsequently spent time on trial with the Young Terriers in December 2019, keeping a clean sheet in the Elite Development Team’s 2-0 win over Hibernian at Canalside.
Bilokapic was offered a scholarship with the Academy and completed his move in February 2020. Although international clearance was required as he had previously played for Sydney United 58, no work permit was required due to his Croatian ancestry.
Embarking upon his first full season at the Club, Nicholas has made starts as part of the Under-19 group, whilst also being part of the match day warm-up for several First Team games.
Huddersfield Town Academy Manager Emyr Humphreys commented:
“Since joining our Academy, Nick has gone from strength-to-strength and completely deserves this moment.
“He has had some great experiences of being part of the First Team match day warm-ups and featured for the Under-19s, so we hope those opportunities continue to inspire him.
“The hard work must continue for Nick. He must keep pushing himself in training and be determined and focused to keep developing.”