Mil­ford set for US col­lege

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

MYRTLE­FORD’s Jack Mil­ford will join an­other for­mer Savoy, Sam Mor­gan at Mater Dei Col­lege in Cleve­land as part of the col­lege’s soc­cer pro­gram in 2019.

Mil­ford who cap­tained the Mur­ray United U20s this sea­son and played a hand­ful of games at NPL se­nior level will fly out in Jan­uary to com­mence his stud­ies and fur­ther his fledg­ling soc­cer ca­reer.

It is a grow­ing trend for the ‘golden age’ of Myrtle­ford soc­cer with fel­low Myrtle­ford based Mur­ray United play­ers Fletcher Caponec- chia and Azia Fel­trin also field­ing of­fers from the United States.

And while that pair are yet to com­mit to a col­lege due to a pre­ferred Au­gust de­par­ture, Mil­ford’s se­mes­ter will com­mence on Jan­uary 14.

“I can’t wait to get straight into it,” the mid­fielder said.

“I have been look­ing into it for a cou­ple of years now I guess and tak­ing part in the re­cruit­ing process.”

The young­ster is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing fin­ish­ing school with close mates on the Gold Coast but he ad­mit­ted ex­ams were less stress­ful given his col­lege path­way.

“My ex­ams went well, (but) my ATAR wasn’t im­por­tant, I had to sit SAT’s and that’s what got me over,” Mil­ford said.

His foot­ball of course also did some talk­ing and the quick and skil­ful mid­fielder hopes to slot straight into the Mater Dei first team.

“Sam (Mor­gan) loves it and has said it’s a high qual­ity, the coach tells me they’re one of the top 20 ranked teams in the na­tion so it sounds like it’s go­ing to be pretty good,” Mil­ford added.

Mil­ford has pre­vi­ously trav­elled with his soc­cer both around Aus­tralia and abroad.

The 18-year-old, along with Caponec­chia, toured Eng­land as part of the West Ham Ocea­nia academy in 2015.

“(NPL Se­niors) is also a very good stan­dard,” he said.

“It was a big step up (from un­der 20s) and very fast paced and a lot more phys­i­cal than any other com­pe­ti­tion around here.”

Mil­ford in­tends to stay in the United States for the du­ra­tion of his sport man­age­ment course.

“I’m a bit ner­vous but very ex­cited for a new ex­pe­ri­ence, Sam has had a lot of fun over there and he’s loved it,” he added.

“Fletcher and Azia have both had of­fers so it’s just down to them where they want to go, hope­fully I can see a bit of them over there.”

PHOTO: Bor­der Mail

RAR­ING TO GO: Jack Mil­ford (left) will fly out to the United States in Jan­uary to try his hand at Col­lege Soc­cer.

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