Kyle nets Burn­ley con­tract


Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

YEAR 11 St Stephen’s School Car­ra­mar stu­dent Kyle McDon­ald stum­bled across soc­cer four years ago.

The then AFL-mad 12year-old was in­vited to play in­door soc­cer with friends.

He was made goal­keeper af­ter ad­mit­ting he was not the best out­field player and the 16-year-old has not looked back since.

With only four years ex­pe­ri­ence, he has re­ceived a con­tract to play with Burn­ley Foot­ball Club in the UK as their goal­keeper.

“My club has a sync-in with them and ev­ery year 30 play­ers go on a tour to show what Aus­tralian foot­ball is like,” he said.

“I went on the tour this year and they didn’t have a goal­keeper so I got to play. “The rest is his­tory.” McDon­ald be­came the first player to be picked up from the tour.

“I felt very priv­i­leged be­cause there are a lot of other play­ers who de­serve to be there,” he said.

“It was about be­ing in the right place at the right time.”

McDon­ald played for Bal­catta Foot­ball Club un­der the guid­ance of coach Chris Thack­aly.

He trained five days a week, work­ing on his foot­work, catch­ing and div­ing.

He said al­though his po­si­tion was not as phys­i­cal as oth­ers, it was still chal­leng­ing.

“It’s pretty hard be­cause you’re the last man and you have to con­cen­trate the en­tire match or it could be your fault that you lose,” he ex­plained.

“That said, it’s not as phys­i­cal as an out­fielder – it’s more men­tal.”

McDon­ald has had sev­eral suc­cesses on the field.

He has played in Spain and made it to the fi­nal se­lec­tion of the un­der-19s state school­boys team last year when he was just 15.

Ex­cited about what the next two years holds with Burn­ley Foot­ball Cub, McDon­ald is de­ter­mined to work hard to en­sure a long and suc­cess­ful sport­ing ca­reer.

“I’d like to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­baller,” he said. “If that doesn’t hap­pen, I’d like to be­come a coach and keep spread­ing the love of foot­ball.”

With only four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, Kyle McDon­ald (16) has re­ceived a con­tract to play with Burn­ley Foot­ball Club in the UK.

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