Jayden LoBasso has had a meteoric rise to National Premier League soccer.
The former Northern Demons player takes to the field this weekend in Adelaide Comets' showstopping grand final battle with Campbelltown City at Coopers Stadium in Hindmarsh.
Jayden joined the Comets earlier this year following his move to South Adelaide from Adelaide United's youth team. He made the leap to the local Reds' senior grade in 2016, playing alongside brothers Matthew and Daniel, after playing in the Under 18s and Reserves divisions.
Jayden started playing NPL Reserves in 2017 and made his debut in the senior NPL competition last year.
The quick progression to NPL has marked an exciting chapter in Jayden's soccer journey, now competing in the nation's second tier of soccer, just below A-League.
Speaking to The Recorder about his son's rapid elevation in the sport, Mim LoBasso credited Jayden's development to the pathways that opened for him while playing with his beloved Demons.
It was while playing with the local Reds that Jayden was selected to journey to Spain for the Mediterranean International Cup.
"He was always playing above his age group," he said, highlighting that his journey for the Demons started from a young age.
Mim was proud of his son's successful soccer career to date.
"There are some big names," he said of the NPL competition.
"Jayden is in a prominent position on the field."
The Comets, a highly competitive and large club in Adelaide, has had a successful season after finishing second on the ladder.
In the finals series, Comets had a thrilling 4-0 win over MetroStars last weekend, lost 2-0 the weekend before against Campbelltown and defeated Campbelltown 1-0 in the first round of finals.
In the Comets' round 21 clash with Campbelltown, Jayden scored a goal at the 61st minute mark in the team's 4-1 victory.
This Saturday night's NPL grand final decider is expected to be a nail-biter between Comets and Campbelltown following an even competition between the two teams throughout the season.
"It should be very close," Mim said.