BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
American-born Malaysian footballer, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal has signed a professional contract with Saint Louis FC, according to the club’s official website.
Kuzain, who is a product of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy player, has become the first player from the academy to sign contract with Saint Louis FC together with another academy player, Aedan Standey.
“Today is an important step for the club with signing these two players to Academy contracts. Having them in this environment allows them to grow and mature while still competing ad Development Academy level.”
“Being on the roster will bring more opportunities for them as well. I credit the players and the entire organization for taking this next step in the development model that is prevalent around the world,” said the General Manager of St Louis FC, Jeremy Alumbaugh.
The 18-year-old wonderkid has received a lot of praises for his skills and techniques and according to Kuzain’s academy coach Kevin Stoll, Kuzain has improved a lot over the years.
“Kuzain has improved quite a bit over the year. Part of it is maturity and growing up and the other part is being in the training environment with Saint Louis FC every day.”
“He’s a great kid, works hard, and this is something he’s worked toward for a very long time and he’s certainly deserving of it.”
For Kuzain, he is eager to continue his development in football with the club after following Saint Louis FC for first team for their pre-season training.
“I am ready to compete at the next level. I think I can compete with some pros and hopefully that will take me further than the Academy,” said Kuzain.
Kuzain first became popular, especially in Malaysia when his video playing football went viral in the social media few years ago.
Dubbed the American-Messi among his friends in the academy, Kuzain has been training with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher company since he was a kid.
Kuzain has also been called for a trial with Dutch club Feyenoord two years ago, and also has been selected to train with the U17 US national team.