Ballarat teenager Brandon Lauton has earned a contract with Melbourne Victory in the A-League.
The 19-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the A-League club after impressing at NPL level.
He joined Victory's youth system in 2017 and made his senior debut as a defender earlier this month against Newcastle Jets in the FFA Cup.
Lauton, who played with Ballarat Red Devils, said it was special to officially sign a scholarship contract with the club.
He said it was special to officially sign a scholarship contract with the club this season.
"It was an honour to play for this great club in the FFA Cup, and I'm pinching myself now that I've signed my first contract here," Lauton told Melbourne Victory's website.
"Playing in front of that home crowd was special and I hope I get the opportunity to do it again under Marco, who has been really great for me since coming on as head coach."
Melbourne Victory head coach Marco Kurz is an advocate for developing youth players and pleased with the signing of Lauton.
He said he was excited to add Lauton to the roster.