ADVENTURE: Stanthorpe's Jack Reedy on a recent Euro Football Star tour. Pictured with academy coach Hugh McAuley.
ADVENTURE: Stanthorpe's Jack Reedy on a recent Euro Football Star tour. Pictured with academy coach Hugh McAuley.

Euro star scout bidding to find next Socceroo in our midst

FOOTBALL: The day’s when Australian players lit up the top football leagues across the world seem a distant memory.

While a handful continue to blaze a trail, scouts the world over see Australia as an untapped breeding ground for future stars.

That’s why people like Ray Wood have dedicated so much time in recent year’s across cities and rural areas to finding the next Socceroo superstar.

The Liverpudlian, who has spent time at some of the top junior academies across the world, such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Paris Saint Germain, will be visiting the Southern Downs in coming weeks.

Mr Wood, who started company Euro Football Star, hopes “to find the next Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka”.

“I started the company up about two years ago.

“I’ve been involved in elite level football for 20-plus years.

“I’ve been in Australia on and off for about the past 15 years.

“It’s been very noticeable to me that football here has been growing and is getting strong, but, it’s subjective.

“If your dad is the president or the committee member you have a chance of making the top teams.”

For Wood, it’s about talent, not who you know.

On December 8 he, along with a coaching team, will visit Warwick where he’ll offer kids a chance to trial.

With support from some ex-professionals and agents it’s become something of a competition.

“Basically select a few winner’s every year to travel all expenses paid to the UK. We’ve just done our first tour where we went to Liverpool, Manchester City, United.

“The player’s trained with academy coaches. We played against top academy teams and were fortunate to get one or two boys actually picked up.”

Wood and his team will hold a session in Warwick from 2-5pm and all, ages 8-13, are encouraged to attend.

He says they plan on returning each year for the next five years.

The afternoon is free of charge. They’ll be doing a gold coin donation to raise money for the drought.

Visit https://eurofootballstar.com/ to register for the afternoon.

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