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