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27 July 2010-SBS: Daniel Phan

One-time VVV-Venlo and Porto midfielder Cameron Watson is headed for Adelaide United from Victorian Premier League side Oakleigh Cannons on a short-term contract, with the view to a permanent stay.

The 23-year-old, whose experience abroad includes stints with Porto’s youth set-up and Dutch club Venlo, is keen to make the most of his opportunity with the Reds during his six-week deal as an injury replacement for midfielder Fabian Barbiero, who is recovering from an ankle problem.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” Watson told The World Game at Melbourne Airport.

“I know that it’s unfortunate for someone else but I guess I just got to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

The AIS graduate and ex youth international has been an impressive performer in the VPL and courted interest from A-League clubs in recent seasons, although trials with Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart have so far proved fruitless.

Watson’s career has been frustratingly punctuated by injury, although he is confident of launching his career with Adelaide under the tutelage of Dutchman Rini Coolen.

“Obviously I’ve had a couple of setbacks through injury but they say good things come to people who wait,” Watson said.

And while he played just a handful of Eredivisie games the experience should hold him in good stead.

“I think it’ll become very handy although it was a couple of years ago – but I’ve obviously played at senior level (overseas) before.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Norton, a 19-year-old left-back from Victoria will be on trial with Adelaide during its trip to to Townsville for its final pre-season hit-out against North Queensland Fury on Friday night.

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