Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-Owl teams up with Del Piero

Fresh start: Teenage striker Jarrod Kyle has signed for Sydney
Fresh start: Teenage striker Jarrod Kyle has signed for Sydney

STRIKER Jarrod Kyle said after being released by the Owls last month that as one door closes another opens.

Now he has stepped into an alliance with one of football’s greats.

His move to Sydney FC makes him a colleague of Italian superstar forward Alessandro Del Piero.

Now 38, the World Cup winner is starring in Australia’s A-League after ending his 19-year career with Juventus last summer.

Del Piero is the Italian club’s record scorer and was named by Pele among the 125 greatest living players.

Kyle, a 19-year-old Aussie, is just beginning his career and is being challenged by Sydney manager Frank Farina to earn a place in the first team after signing a deal that runs to the end of the season.

The Owls’ Academy Player of the Year last season, Kyle said: “Being around the first-team environment every single day and training with some of the best players in Australia and Del Piero is great and you can learn a lot,” he said.

”It’s a very good environment I just can’t wait for the games to start.

“It’s my goal to make the opportunity count and do whatever I can to impress and hopefully get a contract for next year and beyond.”

He was signed after impressing Farina in a week’s trial and will play for the youth side this weekend instead of bring rushed into a senior game against Adelaide on Saturday.

But Farina said: “”It’s up to him and how he goes, fitness-wise and training. We had some information that he was coming back from England and we had a look at him and I liked what I saw.

“He’s a young kid, well over six foot, very strong and very quick, so it’s worth having a look until the end of the season, and we’ll go from there.”

Kyle was born and bred on Australia’s Gold Coast. He says he learned a lot in the Wednesday academy but relishes the new challenge: “I’m really excited. I’ve been overseas for two and a half years and to get the opportunity to come back is brilliant.

“It was just a spontaneous decision. I got a phone call on a Thursday night and flew out on the Friday, came out here for one week and that was it really.

“There was one or two clubs interested but this one appealed the most. Sydney have won the A-League twice and are such a massive club throughout the city.”

Del Piero has been big success in Australia; Sydney are confident of agreeing a new contract with him and have dismissed reports linking him Brazilian club Flamengo.

Wednesday winger Danny Mayor went straight into Southend United’s side after joining them on loan and played for 81 minutes of the 2-1 home defeat by Cheltenham on Tuesday; he was replaced by fellow Owls loan forward Caolan Lavery, who joined Paul Sturrock’s club last month