Football Superstar scores Melbourne Victory contract

Canberra student Luke Pilkington was crowned Melbourne Victory's first Football Superstar on Wednesday in the finale of FOX8's hit reality television series, earning himself a one-year contract with the club.

Canberra student Luke Pilkington was crowned Melbourne Victory's first Football Superstar on Wednesday in the finale of FOX8's hit reality television series, earning himself a one-year contract with the club.

Pilkington, 19, overcame Brisbane duo Christopher Kozionas and Jack Petrie to secure a spot in the Melbourne Victory Youth squad for 2009/10 and a scholarship with Monash University, Melbourne.

"Luke Pilkington is a very respectful, mature and enthusiastic footballer and person,” Melbourne Victory Coach Ernie Merrick said.

“He brings many strengths to his football, he is technically very good, physically he has speed but also endurance and he is tactically knowledgeable.

“Luke is a left footer, which is hard to find, and he can play in range of positions including left back and left midfield.

“He has a very bright future.”

Pilkington will make the journey from Canberra to Melbourne to commence his contract with Melbourne Victory immediately and will continue studying for his sports science degree through his Monash University scholarship.

Football Superstar, hosted by singer/songwriter Brian McFadden and Fox Sports News presenter Lee Furlong, followed the journeys of 15 of Australia-s finest young footballers as they took part in the opportunity of a lifetime.

Merrick headed up the judging panel alongside Melbourne Victory Assistant Coach Aaron Healey and Football Superstar mentor Vitale Ferrante as the contestants were put through their paces in a series of physical and mental challenges every week.

One by one the players were eliminated until Pilkington was anointed the ultimate winner and Australia-s newest Football Superstar.

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