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Canberra's Jordan Tsekenis picked for national schoolboys soccer team before move to Sydney FC

Sydney FC National Youth League coach Steve Corica believes more of Canberra's young soccer talents could join the A-League club.

The Sky Blues have added two ACT youngsters, striker Jordan Tsekenis and defender George Timotheou, to the club's under-20s squad for the coming NYL season.

George Timotheou.
George Timotheou. Photo: Melissa Adams

Following last week's national titles, Tsekenis was selected for the second straight year in the Australian schoolboys' team.

Timothoeu is also a star on the rise, having travelled with Sydney FC's A-League squad for pre-season tournaments to New Zealand and Townsville.

Jordan Tsekenis.
Jordan Tsekenis. Photo: Melissa Adams

He has also been included in a preliminary squad for Sydney FC's friendly with Canberra FC at Deakin Stadium on September 10.

"There's quite a good talent pool down there," Corica said of the national capital's young soccer stocks.

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"Obviously we can't take all of them, but the one or two that we find can do well, and that fit into the way we want to play, then definitely we can take a risk on them."

Capital Football wants Canberra to have its own NYL team to provide opportunities for elite junior talent to gain exposure in a national competition.

But until that becomes a reality, clubs such as Sydney FC are the best way for young prospects to take the next step in their careers.

Tsekenis and Timotheou were teammates at the ACT Academy of Sport before they went their separate ways.

Tsekenis continued working on his skills under Capital Football's National Training Centre program, while Timotheou had a stint with the FFA Centre of Excellence at the AIS.

Tsekenis has moved to Sydney after helping defending champions the ACT to the bronze medal at last week's national schoolboy titles.

ACT coach Njegosh Popovich said Tsekenis had a slow start to the tournament before gradually improving as the week progressed.

"He turned it on in the last three games," Popovich said. "He definitely raised some eyebrows. It's his speed, his cunningness up front, it's just a different level.

"He made a big impression against Queensland. He changed the game for us and we won the game 3-2.

"If he [remains injury-free] and takes his opportunities, I can't see why he can't go on to a full A-League contract with the senior [Sydney FC] team."

The ACT finished in equal-second position on the table with Victoria and Queensland, getting the bronze medal on head-to-head results.

The ACT beat Queensland (3-2) and WA (2-1), drew with NSW 2-2 and lost to Victoria (2-1) and South Australia (4-1).

ACT captain and goalkeeper Sam Brown was named in the shadow squad for the Australian team.