Celtic have completed the signing of Central Coast Mariners midfielder Tom Rogic after signing a four and a half-year deal with the Scottish champions, with the deal subject to a work permit.
The official Celtic site announced Rogic’s signing, it read: “Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of Australian Tom Rogic on a four-and-a-half year deal subject to a work permit. The Club can confirm an application will be made to the appropriate authorities in the next couple of days. The 20-year-old midfielder previously played for Central Coast Mariners in Australia.”
Rogic had been on trial with Lennon’s side at their recent Marbella training camp.
The Aussie midfielder will not be eligible for this weekend’s game against Hearts, as he awaits the granting of a work permit endorsement from the Scottish FA and will have to go before a panel at Hampden to seal his move.
He failed in a move to Reading last year, following a work permit being denied. Since then he has played for both club and country with his stock rising significantly since then.
As we brought you on Wednesday, Celtic had agreed a fee with Central Coast Mariners for the youngster, pending personal terms being agreed.
Rogic flew back to Glasgow with the Celtic squad to hold talks and concluded his move yesterday.
With the move nearing completion, Central Coast Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull, commented that Rogic’s move to Celtic highlighted that the A-League side ‘provide an elite environment for Australia’s top young football talents to flourish’.
He said: “We are delighted with the news that Tom Rogic has agreed personal terms with Celtic Football Club. For us it is a proud day to have played a pivotal role in his development.
“But Tom Rogic’s transfer to a Club of the magnitude of Celtic also underlines that we at the Mariners are developing talent exceptionally well.
“The systems we have in place from youth development through to the first team under the astute guidance of Graham Arnold – who did a tremendous job with Tommy – provide the best opportunity in Australia for young players to take the next step in their careers.
“Fundamentally, this is why we are the Club of choice for many of Australia’s best young players, and we are confident our production line, and subsequently our first team, will continue to prosper.
“Central Coast Mariners have now helped launch the international careers of a number of players in Asia and Europe, and we will continue working hard to ensure we can provide the right environment so more of Australia’s best young players can prosper at the Mariners. Here they are our first priority.”
Rogic has seen his stock rise in the professional game, since joining Central Coast Mariners in January 2012. He has played 28 competitive games for the A-League side, scoring five goals for Graham Arnold’s side and played in the side’s AFC Champions League campaign.
He has also played four times for the Australian national side, making his debut in November last year against South Korea. Before adding to that debut cap with games against Hong Kong, North Korea, Guam and Chinese Taipei.