Many may not know the name – but Western United’s newest signing Noah Botic is ready to show Australia what he can do.
Western United has signed Botic on a two-year deal as the club aims to improve on a disappointing second season in the A-League.
The 19-year-old striker has a very impressive resumè, having spent the last two years at Hoffenheim, as well as scoring four times in the U-17 World Cup.
He was also the inaugural recipient of the Dylan Tombides medal, which was awarded to him during the U-17 World Cup in 2019.
The medal recognises a young player who displays incredible commitment, courage and high standards, honouring the memory of Dylan Tombides who passed away in 2014 aged 20.
Botic believes that he will be able to learn a lot from new Western United coach John Aloisi due to him being an attacker throughout his playing career.
Having his physicality and playstyle compared to the likes of Australian Football legend Mark Viduka, Botic is excited about the opportunity to showcase his skills in his own country for the first time since his youth days.
Even with an already impressive skill set, the prospect has already identified an area of his game that he is really keen to improve ahead of his debut A-League season.
However, there’s one piece of advice that has stuck with him for many years that inspires him to be the best he can.
“A weakness I think I still have lots to work on is heading, just the timing of the flight and pace of the ball to try and aim it where I want it to go,” Botic told The Inner Sanctum.
“’To achieve your goal, a lot of sacrifices will have to be made.’
“It’s a quote that’s stuck with me for the past two years, so I just thought about all the times that my parents drove me to training every day to do what I love and help me pursue my dreams.”
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Botic was born in Sydney and spent his youth career at many clubs in NSW that include Sydney Olympic, Rockdale City, and A-League outfit Western Sydney Wanderers. He is also the younger cousin of Socceroos and Macarthur FC attacker, Tomi Juric.
He says that his cousin has helped him out through ‘tips’ and ‘advice’ which he’s put to good use whilst playing in Europe.
An overseas trip in 2019 saw him trial with many high-profile European outfits, which included the likes of Manchester United.
Noah Botic ended up signing a two year youth contract with Hoffenheim at the age of 17, which expired earlier this year.
In those two years he made nine appearances for the Hoffenheim U-19 squad, scoring four goals and collecting an assist.
In the same period he was listed in The Guardian’s ‘Top 60 World Football Talents’ alongside the likes of Spanish stars Pedri and Ansu Fati.
“At the time the list was made I wouldn’t say it put a lot of pressure on me,” he said.
“Even without that list I still strive to be the best footballer I can be, no matter what people say about me.”
Now back in Australia, Botic cannot wait for the opportunity to show the country what he can do and hopefully set the league alight under John Aloisi.
“I want to play as many games as possible to prove to everyone and myself that I can be the starting striker week in week out.”
Watch Noah Botic and his side Western United as the A-League season kicks off Saturday October 30.
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