Auckland City centre back Brian Kaltak has landed a two week trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.
The 28-year-old captain of the Vanuatu national team caught the attention of the New South Wales club at his recent national team camp in Doha, Qatar, and was invited to join them for a trial in April.
The Mariners have seven games left in their A-League schedule and are pushing for a play-offs place.
Kaltak’s hopes of impressing at the FIFA Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament were ruined when Vanuatu had to withdraw from the eight-nation tournament due to COVID-19 cases within the squad.
Kaltak’s football career began with the Vanuatu Football Federation’s academy at Teouma before he joined his hometown club, Erakor Golden Star FC.
He moved to New Zealand where he’s played for Waterside Karori, Tasman United and Auckland City, for whom he’s played about 50 games since moving to Kiwitea St in 2018.
Kaltak is the second Northern League player to have trials recently with the Mariners.
Main photo: Kaltak … will he get an A-League contract? Image: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Western Springs teenager Zac Zoricich, who had signed with Auckland City for 2020, was given a contract with the Mariners after successfully trialling with them in March.