Gifted Adelaide United winger Awer Mabil is off to Europe to join Danish champions FC Midtjylland, in a move that could act as a gateway to the English game.
After nearly 50 appearances with the A-League side that handed him his professional debut in 2013, Mabil has snapped up a lucrative opportunity reported to be worth more than $1 million.
The Reds said the deal was "all but finalised", with the 19-year-old South Sudanese refugee due to fly out on Tuesday and start training with his new team later this week pending a medical.
It's understood FC Midtjylland, last season's Superligaen champions and currently in the second qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League, have been scouting the young attacker since he went on trial with Dutch giant Ajax Amsterdam in January.
The Danish club is renowned for nurturing young talent and reportedly aims to introduce the former Campbelltown City winger to the English game.
A grateful Mabil will bid farewell to Reds fans on Monday night when Adelaide hosts Liverpool in a friendly at Adelaide Oval.
"I would like to thank Adelaide United for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing in Europe for a very strong and ambitious club that sets high standards," Mabil said.
"A big thank you to my coach Josep Gombau and the rest of the staff at Adelaide United for helping my development as a player and person.
"Special mention to all my teammates who have supported my transition, the youth team coaches Michael Valkanis and Angelo Costanzo for picking me up as a young boy and really helping me mature into the first team.
"And of course the fans for being such great fans to play for each week.
"But most importantly my family for the support they have given me and the opportunity it has provided me in life and that is not to forget God who gave me this blessed gift to be a footballer."
Adelaide United CEO Michael Petrillo said the Reds would miss Mabil's positive attitude and willingness to perform, but understood he's always dreamed of developing his game in Europe.
"We are all very happy for him and pleased to have assisted in helping him achieve his goals," he said.