Youngster Keanu Baccus says he’s achieved a lifelong dream of signing his first professional contract after inking a two-year deal with the Wanderers today.
Having already made three Hyundai A-League appearances in the 2016/17, Baccus will enter the new season as an official member of the first team, achieving a goal he says he’s had since he was little.
“As a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a professional football player,” he said.
“I’ve finally achieved a goal in my life, which has come pretty early, so I’m very grateful for it.”
Born in South Africa, Baccus moved to Australia at just nine months old and grew up in Western Sydney, playing most of his junior football for Blacktown City.
It wasn’t long before Baccus’ performances caught the eye of Wanderers youth coach Trevor Morgan, as the midfielder-cum-right-back quickly established himself as one of the Club’s brightest prospects.
“I think Trevor has taught me a lot,” says Baccus.
“I’ve matured as a player, worked on my weaknesses and grown physically stronger.”
After impressing as co-captain of the Wanderers’ Foxtel National Youth League/Playstation 4 NPL 2 side, Baccus then made his Hyundai A-League debut in January this year, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory.
Another appearance off the bench against Melbourne City and a full 90 minutes against Adelaide United would follow, as Baccus was also a part of the Wanderers’ AFC Champions League squad.
Looking ahead, Baccus’ goal is simple: to get more regular game time as a senior player.
“I definitely want to cement my spot in the team and try to play as regularly as I can.
“Even to play in the ACL, as it’s such a big tournament.
“I’m so grateful to be here and to be part of it.”