Sydney United 58 duo Michael Ruhs and Liam Rose are the latest recruits to A-League newcomers Macarthur FC, the club has announced.
The signings underscore impressive recent campaigns for the duo with United 58, whose teammates secured their maiden NPL NSW Championship title on Sunday against Rockdale Ilinden, prior to their trial with the Bulls.
Defensive midfielder Rose joins the Bulls after last appearing in the A-League in 2018 with Central Coast Mariners, where he amassed 71 appearances in four seasons for the Gosford club.
While the 18-year-old midfielder Ruhs - who was part of Australia’s Under 17 FIFA World Cup squad in Brazil in 2019 - will embark on his first A-League campaign after recently taking part in a training camp with Gary van Egmond’s Young Socceroos in Sydney.
Macarthur FC coach Ante Milicic, himself a former Sydney United 58 junior and player in the National Soccer League, told macarthurfc.com.au he sees fantastic promise in both players.
“Michael and Liam have shown great potential in their careers to date,” Milicic said.
“While Liam is no stranger to A-League football, providing him opportunities with some of the senior members of the squad will be very beneficial for his development.
“For Michael, being around the first team week-in, week-out, will be very beneficial for his growth as a player and person.
Milicic added: “Both men have been working hard in the NPL this season, and they have earned their opportunity.”
Ruhs, said he is eager to repay the faith of his new boss this summer in the nation’s top flight.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Ante has provided me in joining Macarthur FC,” he said.
“To be in this position, training and learning from Ante and the other experienced players is something I won’t be taking for granted.”
Rose also said he recognises the importance of being amongst the Bulls' inaugural contingent of A-League players this season.
“The opportunity to be part of an inaugural A-League club is something very special,” Rose said.
“I would like to thank Ante for believing in me. It is great to be back in the A-League environment.
“We have a great bunch of boys and I am excited to be playing at Campbelltown Stadium in front of family and friends," he concluded.