Roar youngster Alex Parsons signs first A-League deal
Brisbane Roar has tied down one of the A-League's brightest prospects with young gun Alex Parsons today committing his long-term future to the Club.
The 21-year-old has been rewarded with his first professional contract after breaking into Brisbane's senior side this season, making 11 appearances so far and starting each of the team's past two fixtures.
He scored his first A-League goal in a 4-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in April and played a key part in the opener as the Roar beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 on Friday night.
"I'm very excited," Parsons said. "I didn't think it would happen this quickly but once I got the chance I felt like I took it.
"At the start of the season the target was just to play, and if you play and do well these things tend to follow.
"I'm thankful to the coaching staff for the faith they've shown in me. I also want to thank my parents and family, who sacrificed a lot for me growing up, obviously driving me to training and putting money into football.
"To play more minutes and contribute more, that's the goal now."
Parsons, who grew up in Ipswich, is one of several talented Queenslanders emerging through the Roar's ranks.
Head Coach Warren Moon welcomed the midfielder's commitment.
"Investing in young Queenslanders is something this club is very passionate about," Moon said.
"Alex is a great example of that. He has done very well with his opportunities and is extremely deserving of this new deal.
"We are excited about what he can produce for Brisbane Roar over a long period of time and look forward to helping him fulfil his potential."