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'I am proud': Joshua Cavallo, a trailblazing A-League footballer, comes out as gay.

Joshua Cavallo of Adelaide United has come out as gay, becoming the first player to do so while still playing in Australia's top football competition.

The A-League player, 21, announced the news on Wednesday, stating that he is "finally comfortable" speaking about his life.

"I am honored to officially declare my homosexuality," Cavallo posted on social media.

"It's taken a long time to get to this point in my life, but I'm overjoyed with my decision to come out. "

I've been battling my sexuality for almost six years, and I'm relieved to finally be able to put it to rest."

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Josh Cavallo

Cavallo began his career with Melbourne Victory and then moved on to Melbourne City and Western United before joining Adelaide in mid-season last season.

His decision to come out was met with immediate public support from his team, the A-League, and Football Australia, as well as former and current footballers.

Cavallo stated that he spent his childhood hiding, "afraid I would never be free to do what I loved and be gay."

"Hiding who I truly am in order to achieve a childhood dream of playing football and being treated equally never felt authentic," he explained.

"As a gay closed-minded footballer, I've had to learn to conceal my emotions in order to fit into the mold of a professional footballer."

Growing up homosexual and playing football were two worlds that had never met. I've spent my entire life assuming that this was an off-limits subject."

Cavallo acknowledged that coming out publicly could have a "bad influence" on his career, but added, "I am aware that there are other athletes that live in quiet."

"I want to change this, to demonstrate that everyone is welcome in football and deserves the freedom to be themselves," he stated.

Cavallo's statement, 25 years after rugby league player Ian Roberts came out, is another watershed moment in men's football across Australia's major codes.

"Today, I am even more happy that we signed you!" exclaimed Bruce Djite, a former Adelaide United player turned football director.

"I love you, my bro," Cavallo's teammate George Timotheu commented.

Caitlin Foord, star of Matildas, stated: "Respect, the courage to speak up and own who you are."

Josh Cavallo (left) joined Adelaide United in mid-season last season following spells with Victoria's three A-League clubs.
Josh Cavallo (left) joined Adelaide United in mid-season last season following spells with Victoria's three A-League clubs.

Cavallo was congratulated by Brisbane Roar player Jack Hingert and retired Socceroos striker Archie Thompson, while former A-League player Scott McDonald also expressed his support.

"Continue doing what you're doing, brother," he urged.

"I'm so proud of you for having the courage to speak out and be yourself. Keep shining on that pitch and know that I'll always be there for you, mate."

"This is long overdue in football, and I think it's fantastic that he can finally be his 'genuine self,'" popular broadcaster Simon Hill commented.