Nectarios Triantis, the 20-year-old Greek-Australian defender, put on an impressive display in Central Coast Mariners' dominant 6-1 victory over Melbourne City.
Speculation suggests that Triantis is on the verge of a £300,000 transfer to Sunderland, where he is reported to have already agreed to terms on a long-term deal.
Following his noteworthy performance, Triantis was asked about his future but opted to remain tight-lipped. "You never know what is going to happen," he said. "I still have two years left on my contract. I have a deep love for this club, and I will always give my all."
Triantis made 25 appearances for the Mariners in the Australian top flight throughout the season, contributing to their cup-winning campaign.
Since joining from Western Sydney Wanderers, the talented young defender has enjoyed a breakout season, showcasing his potential.
In addition to Triantis, Sunderland has also been linked with Jobe Bellingham, a promising talent from Birmingham City. After an impressive debut season, the Championship youngster is expected to join the Wearsiders for a reported fee of £3 million.