Glory win race to sign Maclaren

Alistair Edwards' youth revolution has taken another step forward, as exciting youngster Jamie Maclaren agrees a three-year deal with Perth Glory

Perth Glory have captured the signature of Jamie Maclaren following the departure of the Young Socceroo from Blackburn Rovers.

Maclaren, 19, impressed at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey last month, netting a spectacular goal against the hosts, although he was unable to prevent Australia bowing out in the group stage.

The attacking midfielder has signed a three-year contract with Glory, having ended his four-year association with Championship side Blackburn.

"I'm thrilled to be joining Perth Glory for the next three years," he said.

"I learnt a lot in England, but ultimately, at this stage of my career, I'd love the opportunity to be playing regular first-team football."

Maclaren said the lure of working with head coach Alistair Edwards was a key reason behind his decision to join Perth.

Edwards has shown a keen interest in blooding young talent since taking over from Ian Ferugson last season.

"Alistair Edwards was a major factor in my decision to join Perth and I believe he'll help develop my football at club level which will hopefully allow me to fulfil my ambition to keep progressing through the national team setup," Maclaren said.

"I've got plenty of hard work ahead of me and now I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and beginning pre-season."

According to Edwards, Perth saw off stiff competition from a wide range of suitors to lure Maclaren to nib Stadium.

"He had a host of clubs interested in him, but he clearly feels that he can progress with us and his signing is another clear indication that our club is establishing itself as a place where the best young Australian talent will be given the opportunity to play regular first team football and develop," Edwards said.

"He's equally comfortable playing in a central position or out wide and I'm sure he'll prove to be a major asset for Perth Glory going forward."

Former Sunbury and Green Gully player Maclaren moved from the Victorian Institute of Sport to Blackburn in 2009 at the age of just 15.

Glory fans will now be hoping he can repeat his promising performances for the Young Socceroos during the 2013/14 A-League campaign.

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