Trailblazing quarterback returns to where it all began
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.
US quarterback Lachlan Poor recently returned to his old club to share his experiences.