PGFC Academy trio named in latest Joeys squad


Three PGFC Academy players have been named in the latest Subway Joeys (Australia Under-17) squad.

Midfielder Alex Bolton and defensive duo Christian Pullella and Hayden Thomas are among 24 rising stars who will travel to Italy next month to train at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre in Varese and play two friendlies against Switzerland U-16s and Inter Milan U-17s.

The trip will mark the start of the Joeys’ preparation for the upcoming AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualifying campaign and 2025 FIFA U-17 World Cup and Head Coach, former Glory midfielder Brad Maloney, is looking forward to spending some quality time with the new playing group.

“We’ve worked extremely hard over the last 12 months, scouting and monitoring players based both in Australian and abroad, ensuring we’ve identified the best emerging talent for future Australian national teams,” he said.

“Our focus during this camp is not just on honing individual skills, but introducing this group to our playing philosophy and principles, while also laying the foundations for the strong and supportive team culture we want to see within all our national teams.

“Having this camp in Italy provides this playing group with a taste for what to expect as a professional footballer and to have two matches against strong European opposition will also provide a marker as we prepare for October’s Asian Cup Qualifiers.”

The 2025 AFC Under-17 Asian Cup will take place in Bahrain, while Qatar will host the 2025 FIFA U-17 World Cup.