Olympic FC are delighted to announce the signings of Kyren Walters and Phillipe Lasm for the 2018 NPL Queensland season.
The duo bolster Ben Cahn’s NPL squad ahead of this weekend’s season opener against Magpies Crusaders United.
16-year old Walters arrives from Northern Fury where he enjoyed a breakout year in 2017, making 10 appearances for Fury’s first team.
Despite A-League interest the winger opted to sign for Olympic where he will be part of Ben Cahn’s NPL senior side for the 2018 season.
Having moved from Townsville to Brisbane to pursue football Walters sees Olympic as the ideal environment to continue his development.
“I thought this move was the best for me to gain more experience and develop as a player under Ben’s coaching.”
“I’ve learned heaps here already, getting to train with these guys who have played at this level for so long, I’m looking forward to playing alongside them.”
Cahn said he is expecting big things from the youngster.
“Any 16 year old player with the attributes that Kyren has, has unlimited potential, he’s very quick, he’s very athletic, he’s very skilful, he’s creative and competent on either foot.”
“His potential comes down to how hard he’s going to work, what he’s going to put into football over the next few years.”
“Moving away from his family to Brisbane is a big sacrifice so he’s showing all the right indications, he’s going to be an exciting prospect,” Cahn said.
Lasm arrives at the club from Gold Coast Premier League outfit Surfers Paradise Apollo.
During his time at Surfers Lasm enjoyed much success winning the 2016 Gold Coast Premier League title and player of the year accolade.
Lasm was also part of the Surfers side that qualified for the FFA Cup national round of 32 that same season.
The 27-year old said the move to Olympic provided him with a fresh challenge.
“Olympic was something different, a better competition and a higher level, it’s been an aspiration of mine for a while to play at this level and this year was the right time to do it.”
“I’m just trying to be involved as much as I can, at the end of the day I want to be starting and that’s what I’ll work towards but I’m happy to do whatever role the team needs me in.”
Cahn said the addition of Lasm would prove extremely valuable to his side throughout the season.
“Phil’s a player that we’ve been trying to get all of pre-season, He’s excelled in the Gold Coast competition in recent years and it’s an ambition of his to play at a better level, he’s a terrific human being and he’s really added a lot to the group.”
“He’s an incredible athlete, he’s quick he’s strong, he’s aggressive, very versatile, can play in any position, I fully expect Phil to be one of our most influential players.”
Both Walters and Lasm are in contention to make their competitive debuts for the club in Saturday’s NPL opener against Magpies Crusaders United.