Photos (Top to Bottom): Amadu Koroma has signed for Melbourne Knights; Koroma in action for Glenorchy Knights against Tilford Zebras [PlessPix]
Amadu Koroma is now a Melbourne Knights player.
The 19-year-old Glenorchy Knights midfielder signed a one-year full-time contract with Melbourne Knights on Friday and will play against Glenorchy Knights when the Melbourne outfit visits Hobart on 22 January for a two-game tour.
Koroma, who is originally from Sierra Leone, began his career in Tasmania with New Town Eagles before transferring to Glenorchy Knights.
He is a fitness fanatic and also played Futsal.
Speaking from Melbourne this evening, Koroma said he missed his family and friends in Tasmania but he had achieved a dream which he had been pursuing for some time.
He is living in Melbourne with an uncle. The home is about 30 minutes away from the training ground.
“This is what I have been waiting for and my time has come,” said Koroma.
“I’ll be coming down in a couple of weeks with Melbourne Knights and playing against Glenorchy Knights.
“I reckon I’ll get a bollocking.
“They’ll book me a flight and I’ll come down earlier to see my family.”
Koroma has been in Melbourne for six weeks and on trial with Melbourne Knights for the past month and he has relished the four-day-a-week training regime.
“It’s been going fantastic and we train four days a week,” Koroma said. “It’s very intense.
“The first week or two we did long distance running to get our stamina up, and after that, it was short and sharp stuff.
“There are sprints and rests, sprints and rests, just like in a game. It’s pretty hard, but I was pretty fit when I came over. I was training six days a week on my own.
“I’ve been signed on a one-year full-time contract and it will be reviewed each season and can be renewed.”
Koroma said his parents were very proud of him.
“This is what I want to do and this is my life,” Koroma said.
“I’ll respect everyone at Glenorchy Knights when we play them, but I hope we get a win.”