Melbourne City midfielder Connor Metcalfe has signed with German second division leaders FC St. Pauli and will complete the move once the current A-League season has been concluded.
City are priced at 2/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and Metcalfe will be looking to go out on a high after penning the deal.
Metcalfe is the latest City player to head to Europe after Nathanial Atkinson joined Scottish side Hearts, but at least on this occasion the youngster will be able to see out the A-League season.
City agreed an undisclosed fee with the German club as they were not willing to stand in the way of the 22-year-old as he looks to take his career to the highest place possible.
City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo said: "Connor is a fantastic player on the pitch and is an influential person in the dressing room. He is an inspiration to our younger players who are coming through the Academy and fighting for a place in the first team.
"He has already achieved a lot in his career at City and is still only 22 years old. We completely understand his desire to test himself in the biggest leagues in Europe and he is moving to an equally ambitious club in FC St. Pauli."
The midfielder says he will remain as committed as ever between now and the end of the season as City go in search of more silverware.
"I’ve had an incredible time at City since joining as a 15-year-old. Being part of the Club’s first A-League Men’s Premiership and Championship double winning squad last season is the proudest moment of my career," he told the club's website.
"Our fans have always been special to me and I’m so thankful for the support they have given me and the team that has created some amazing memories and I hope we can create some more this season."