After his good performances for the Bristol City academy and reserves, the English Championship club offer a professional contract to the 18-years-old Robert Stambolziev, a talented Macedonian player born in Australia.
“We’re delighted to have offered deals to these lads, all of whom have great potential.” said Bristol City manager Gary Johnson after the club offered professional contracts to Robert Stambolziev and three other players from the academy.
“Credit must go to them as we’ve moved up a level from seasons gone by. We’re looking for Championship/Premier League potential players, rather than just those with Championship pedigree.”
“They’ve already been training full time with our first team squad for a few months. We will do all we can to help them improve and reach their full potential.”, said Johnoson.
Australian born, with Macedonian heritage, Rob arrived at City at the age of 16, having been recommended by a coach who brought a team over from Australia to face an Academy XI. A pacey left-winger/striker, the youngster has a keen eye for goal with eight this term for the youth side.
“I am really excited and proud in being offered a professional contract with Bristol City. The offer of the contract is reward for all the sacrifices I have made and the hard work that I have put in the last few years.” said Stambolziev.
“On a personal note this season our FA Cup was a little disappointing as we were knocked out fairly early by QPR. During the season, I have predominately been playing left wing / midfield and have scored 8 goals from about 17 matches. I have also been involved in the reserve games and lately been called into the Bristol City first team squad. I hope to be involved in some of the preseason games and impress enough to gain the coaching staffs confidence to have confidence in me to involve me during the 2009-2010 season.
“On 6th May 2009, I will be playing in the Gloustershire Cup final. After that I fly back to Australia where I will spend about a month with my family.” said Robert Stambolziev for MacedonianFootball.com