Brisbane Roar’s highly rated teenage defender Diesel Herrington has signed a four year contract with Danish Superliga outfit Aarhus GF for an undisclosed fee, the club confirmed.
The 18-year-old defender has been at A-league side for more than five years having joined Roar’s Academy from the Under-14s in 2017, and going on to play for the NPL (reserve) team.
Herrington who will begin at Aarhus U19s, was unveiled on Tuesday by the Danish top flight league side, joining former Roar midfielder Zachary Duncan who is now established at AGF after joining in 2019.
Roar head coach Warren Moon told the club website that he believes Herrington has all what it takes to be a top class defender.
“Diesel is a very accomplished young centre-back, physically very strong and has plenty of qualities to make it in the professional game,” said coach Warren Moon.
His sentiments were echoed by Herrington’s former juniors coach Chris Grossman who is sure the Danish Superliga will take Herrington’s game to the next level.
“Diesel has developed extremely well over the past 18 months,” said Grossman.
“He’s a player with the right attributes to make it as a professional footballer. He’s tall, he’s quick across the ground and he can defend.
“He’s still got things to work on, but in that environment [in Denmark] it’ll take his game to the next level and I look forward to seeing his development.”
Herrington qualifies to represent Zimbabwe through his father who was born in the Southern African nation and is among a host of other young talent of Zimbabwean descent coming up from Australia that includes midfieder Orlando Ncube who is also looking to break into Europe’s top leagues.
*Image credit to AGF