Roar sign Lambadaridis for two years
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has continued his planning for the future signing adaptable young midfielder George Lambadaridis to a new two-year A-League contract.
Recruited to the club by former championship-winning coach Ange Postecoglou, Lambadaridis was thrilled Mulvey had recognised his progress and had faith in his potential to continue developing.
"It's fantastic to secure your future and I just want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to stay here for another two years," said the 20-year-old who has scored one goal in five A-League appearances for the Roar.
"They (Roar) gave me my first professional contract as a full-time youth player here two years ago and I look forward to continuing my development here as a footballer and maximising my first-team opportunities."
Lambadaridis played three times this season and two during last year's successful run to a second championship.
Mulvey said he'd been very impressed with Lambadaridis' attitude and ethic since taking over the coaching role from Rado Vidosic late last year.
"George has been excellent since I arrived and he's even taken his game to a new level," said Mulvey, who signed a two-year coaching deal himself.
"I'm happy to sign him because he's a talented, versatile young player with a good passing range and an eye for goal."
Mulvey is under pressure to get Brisbane into the top six with only five games of the premiership season remaining.
The defending champions are two points out of the six heading to Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday night looking for an upset result over Adelaide United (36 points) - one of four teams who already have enough points to qualify for the finals.
Brisbane have a tough stretch over the next three weeks against top-four sides, starting with Adelaide, Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium and the top-placed Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.
They would have to win two of those games to give themselves an outside shot of making the finals.