Caponec­chia look­ing to play the best level he can by get­ting into col­lege sys­tem

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ON THE RISE: Myrtle­ford teenager Fletcher Caponec­chia is mak­ing his mark on the field with Mur­ray United. PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

RIS­ING soc­cer player Fletcher Caponec­chia has his eyes set on the United States as his fledg­ling ca­reer be­gins to take off.

Caponec­chia will travel to the US next year as part of a col­lege soc­cer pro­gram with the only ques­tion be­ing which col­lege he will end up at.

The Mur­ray United mid­fielder is putting no ceil­ing on his po­ten­tial as his goal re­mains to play at the high­est level he pos­si­bly can.

“It’s not an easy op­tion or any­thing like that,” he said

“The stan­dard in a lot of the col­leges over there would be bet­ter than the Mur­ray United stuff here and I’ll also be work­ing through a de­gree.”

The Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege stu­dent said most stan­dard col­lege cour­ses run four years, but he is well aware strong form could open up higher av­enues at an ear­lier date.

“You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen, go­ing over there is just an idea that I sort of got af­ter see­ing (for­mer Savoy player) Sam Mor­gan do it,” Caponec­chia said.

The 17-year-old has im­pressed on­look­ers since forc­ing his way into the Mur­ray United se­nior team for the club’s third round NPL2 clash with Dan­de­nong City on March 3.

Dan­de­nong City sits on top of the NPL2 ta­ble and are heav­ily fan­cied to be pro­moted to the Na­tional Premier League’s top flight.

“I was thrown into the deep end a bit there, but I re­ally en­joyed it and it’s been a great chal­lenge all the way through,” he said.

Caponec­chia has not missed a game since his de­but with his grunt work as a de­fen­sive mid­fielder stand­ing up to the level.

The young­ster was subbed off late in each of his first four games but has played the full 90 min­utes in his last two ap­pear­ances as he con­tin­ues to build his fit­ness base.

The 17 year-old can of­ten be seen do­ing some ex­tra run­ning at his for­mer home ground – Myrtle­ford’s Savoy Park - where he won three ju­nior pre­mier­ships.

“It’s not re­ally hard work for me, I just re­ally en­joy kick­ing a ball around,” he laughed.

Caponec­chia, who pro­gressed through has Mur- ray United’s ju­nior ranks, said he has learnt a lot from men’s cap­tain Ash­ley Dunn and long-time Bor­der foot­ball star Zac Walker but it is an­other team­mate he gels best with.

Older brother Con­nor has also forced his way into the Mur­ray United se­nior side with both boys start­ing on the week­end against Box Hill.

“I haven’t achieved any­thing much yet but I’ll keep go­ing and see where that gets me,” Fletcher said.

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