YOUNG WAN­DERER

Teen Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers Academy player sets his sights on ca­reer with the top A-League club

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

FOOT­BALL fans should keep a close eye on Mt Druitt’s Ni­co­las Mi­lanovic.

The 14-year-old was se­lected to be part of the Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers Academy last year, and shows no signs of slow­ing down.

This is the first year the Wan­der­ers have run their Youth Academy pro­gram, which aims to nur­ture young play­ers dur­ing their foot­ball ca­reers.

Ni­co­las was scouted by the club, af­ter they noted his pre­vi­ous top per­for­mances.

His mother El­iz­a­beth Mi­lanovic said she was over the moon he was se­lected.

“We were all so ex­cited – Nick was jump­ing up and down. It is just an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him, and so pro­fes­sional,” Mrs Mi­lanovic said.

Mrs Mi­lanovic said play­ing foot­ball was in her son’s blood.

“His dad loves soc­cer and al­ways played, so it was in the fam­ily,” she said.

A Wan­der­ers fan since the club was es­tab­lished, Ni­co­las said he had al­ways dreamt of play­ing for the black and red.

“I have al­ways fol­lowed the Wan­der­ers, so I hope to stay with the club for a long time,” Ni­co­las said.

“It would be my dream to play A-League with the Wan­der­ers in the fu­ture.”

Wan­der­ers coach Steve Kar­a­vatakis said Ni­co­las had a promis­ing fu­ture.

“Nick has come a long way al­ready; he is al­ways will­ing to learn and he has a bright fu­ture ahead with the club,” Kar­a­vatakis said.

“He can read the game well and brings other play­ers into the game – he is a very cre­ative and con­fi­dent player.”

The Wan­der­ers un­der-14s won their first game against Par­ra­matta FC last week, and this week take on the Mt Druitt Town Rangers. De­tails: wswan­der­ersfc.com.au.

Pic­ture: David Swift

Ni­co­las Mi­lanovic plays for the Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers’ un­der-14s team.

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