Age group international Luka Coveny signs first pro contract with A-League club

New Zealand age group international Luka Coveny has landed his first professional contract, signing a two-year deal with A-League club Western United.

Defender Coveny (18) has been part of the Melbourne club’s academy and is one of five youngsters given their first pro contracts ahead of the next Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Coveny, who has represented New Zealand at U-17 and U-20 levels, is the son of former All White Vaughan Coveny, who scored 30 goals in 64 appearances for his country.

“It’s a dream come true to sign my first professional contract for this amazing club, and I can’t wait to get started and develop as a player and a person,” Luka Coveny said.

“Coming through the academy and stepping up into the first team is something I’m really looking forward to. Learning off the experienced players and coaches is so important for me to improve as a player.”

Main photo: Luka Coveny playing for New Zealand against American Samoa at the 2023 OFC U-17 Championship. Photo: Pita Simpson / Phototek.

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Western United general manager of football Mal Impiombato praised the addition of more young talents as head coach John Aloisi prepares a squad brimming with youth into the 2024/25 season.

“Again, we are delighted to enact on our vision to give talented young players the opportunity to play football in the West,” he said.

Aloisi has 13 players aged 23 or under in his squad for next season.

Luka Coveny was a mainstay for Western United’s reserve team that played in the Victoria Premier League 1 division last season.

If he makes his A-League debut in 2024-25, it will be 15 years since father Vaughan last played in the competition, making 27 appearances for the Wellington Phoenix, following two seasons with the Newcastle Jets.

Vaughan Coveny scores for the Wellington Phoenix against Waitakere United in 2008. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

This story was first published on July 1, 2024

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