Trail­blaz­ing quar­ter­back re­turns to where it all be­gan

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A FOR­MER Clare­mont Jets grid­iron player has be­come one of the first Aus­tralian quar­ter­backs to score an Amer­i­can univer­sity schol­ar­ship.

In 2015, Lach­lan Poor (18) moved to West Palm Beach to pur­sue his dream of play­ing col­lege grid­iron.

Poor will line up for the Univer­sity of St Fran­cis’ Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­let­ics (NAIA) di­vi­sion two side, Fight­ing Saints Illi­nois, in Au­gust.

Poor re­turned to his old club to share his ex­pe­ri­ence of Amer­i­can high schools and rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the world cham­pi­onships with promis­ing ju­niors.

The for­mer New­man Col­lege stu­dent told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly he felt “nos­tal­gic” com­ing home.

“I re­mem­ber when I first started, peo­ple were help­ing me out, so it was kind of nos­tal­gic to come back here and start help­ing out the club, teach­ing what I have been taught over the past two years in the US,” he said.

Poor, who has been play­ing grid­iron for six years, said his ju­nior coach urged him to be­come a quar­ter­back.

“At the time, the sport was not that big, so I was al­ways by my­self and I had to im­pro­vise so I started us­ing the Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball goal posts.

Poor said he was ex­cited to play for the Saints af­ter play­ing “catch-up” to other play­ers for two years.

“I was ac­tu­ally be­hind when I went over be­cause all the kids started play­ing at seven or eight years old,” he said.

“I knew no one, but it is good be­cause I met a lot of great peo­ple... it was def­i­nitely worth it.

“Not many kids com­ing from Aus­tralia have an op­por­tu­nity and I am glad that I am one of the first peo­ple to be given that op­por­tu­nity.”

His fa­ther Justin said his son’s “never-say-die” at­ti­tude helped him achieve his goals

His mother Me­lanie said the fam­ily missed him dearly.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471316

US quar­ter­back Lach­lan Poor re­cently re­turned to his old club to share his ex­pe­ri­ences.

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