Young midfielder Callan Elliot to step up with Tasman United
Callan Elliot could be set for a breakthrough summer with Tasman United.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has been confirmed as Tasman's ninth signing ahead of the 2017-18 ISPS Handa Premiership.
After growing up in Nelson, Scotland-born Elliot made the move to Rathkeale College in Masterton in 2015 and played in the National Youth League with the now defunct Heartland Wairarapa side.
He is currently playing for Wairarapa United in the Central League alongside other Tasman recruits Paul Ifill, Cameron Lindsay, Alex Ridsdale and Daniel Allan.
Elliot returned to Nelson last summer to represent Tasman during their inaugural campaign, earning the majority of his minutes in the NYL where he scored four goals. But he did kick on to make two appearances in the Premiership, totalling 32 minutes.
Eager to promote Nelson's most promising players, Tasman coach Davor Tavich said it was great to have Elliot back on board in a larger capacity this season.
"Callan is a very talented young footballer and he's obviously a Nelson boy and we have seen him here in Nelson where he came through the ranks," he said.
"He was always hard working and a promising footballer and when I watched him at Wairarapa a couple of months ago, you could see the maturity of his play and you could see he has come a very long way and physically he's strong."
Although he will remain eligible for NYL selection, Tavich indicated that Elliot has been signed as a Premiership player first and foremost. If he is unable to earn a place in the match day squad in any given round, he will then drop back to play for the youth team.
"Callan, and possibly a couple of other players his age and his ability, I'm anticipating keeping them in the senior environment and they will have equal opportunity to play senior football and then obviously if they don't make the match day squad then they will have to try harder like everybody else," he said.
Tavich has previously coached Elliot at Nelson College.