Former Football West State player Riley Warland is celebrating after signing with English Premier League side Fulham.
The Quinns Rock youngster, who doesn’t turn 16 until next week, joined the west London club overnight.
His mother Lou put out a picture of the two of them immediately after he had put pen to paper with the message: “My sunshine! #youngestson #pinchme #proud #contractsigned #fulhamfc.”
Riley Warland with the State Under 13 team in 2015
Football West Skills Acquisition Trainer Brad Hassell, who coached Warland with the State Under 13s team in 2015, was delighted for the teenager.
“It’s always pleasing when we hear that former State representatives are progressing in the game,” Hassell said.
“What I first liked about him was that he was equally comfortable using either foot, which is so rare with young players. He was one that you always thought would go on to bigger and better things.”
Riley Warland, back row fourth from right, and coach Brad Hassell, back row right, with the WA U13 squad in 2015
Warland, a pupil at Woodvale Secondary College, played for Quinns Under-9s before moving to ECU Joondalup for two seasons before signing for Perth Glory.
Warland has played for Glory in the National Youth League and National Premier Leagues WA, and was named on the bench for Glory’s A-League team last season.
If he had got on he would have been Glory’s youngest-ever A-League player.
Warland’s late uncle was Troy Bernard, who captained the WA State senior team at the age of 22.