Sydney FC youngster Grant extends deal

Sydney FC teenager Rhyan Grant has signed a fresh two-year deal with the club.

The 19-year old midfielder/defender, who joined the Sky Blues from the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008, has slowly made his way into the senior team in the past few seasons and has been rewarded with a brand new deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2011/12 A-League season.

“It's nice to be rewarded with an offer and I'm happy to be here for another couple of years," he said.

Grant has been included in the starting line-up for Saturday’s home clash against the Central Coast Mariners in the absence of captain Terry McFlynn and is excited about trying to emulate the Irishman in the middle of the park for the Sky Blues.

"It's going to be a big loss for the team missing Tezza, he's our captain and is an important player in our team," Grant added.

"It's unlucky in his case but I'm happy to get the nod and be involved and get another couple of games.

"Tezza is a hard worker, that's what he's known for, and I've got to try to match that to help the team."