Adelaide United have secured the services of Blacktown City star Danny Choi as an injury replacement for Marcelo Carrusca on a short-term deal.
Choi, 21, came to global prominence after scoring from 70 metres in Blacktown’s 6-2 FFA Cup victory over local rivals Sydney United 58 in July, and has now earned a chance at A-League level while Guillermo Amor’s Argentine playmaker recovers from injury.
The NSW NPL star is in the process of becoming an Australian citizen, but at this stage is only able to replace Carrusca because of his foreign status. Despite earlier suggestions that Choi could fill an injury replacement spot for defenders Jordan Elsey and Michael Marrone, Choi’s stint at A-League level looks as though it will be a brief one for the time being, with Carrusca expected back within two months.
Guillermo Amor is excited to work with the youngster and is confident he’s got what it takes to succeed in the A-League.
“Danny is a good footballer and we have watched him closely,” he said.
“He played with us against Sydney last week and he did well, so we are very happy to have him as part of our team.
“He has a lot of speed and the people saw his abilities in the FFA Cup earlier this season scoring a wonderful goal, but also playing very, very well overall.
“Danny will start training with us and he will fit in with our football well.”
Choi can’t wait to get started and is relishing the challenge of playing for the reigning A-League champions.
“I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to play in the A-League and especially for the reigning champions.” Choi said.
“I’ve been playing the best I could for Blacktown and I have to thank them for the opportunity they gave me.
“Adelaide noticed the way I was playing for Blacktown and decided I could bring something positive to the club.
“I’m looking forward to learning a lot during my time with Adelaide and I’m going to give my absolute best every day to help the team in any way I can.”