Green machine on Roar's radar
MONTO soccer fanatic Isaac Green's heart belongs to the prestigious European football leagues, such as the English Premier League and Spain's La Liga.
But if the A-League's Brisbane Roar came knocking, he said he would gladly pull on the orange jersey.
Green is certainly on their radar, after he participated in the invitation-only Brisbane Roar Academy Wide Bay Talent ID camp at the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct for the U13 age level.
The two-star football academy is the highest-rated academy program in Queensland.
Green said he was "pretty excited” when he saw on Facebook he was one of 20 players in his age group to receive an invitation.
"Somehow, I got picked,” he said.
He said some techniques coaches drilled in to attendees at the camp were drawing your defender before passing, passing to your teammate's furthest foot from their defender, and giving space to the other players.
Green plays for the U14B Strikers at Monto Soccer Club.
In their game before the break for school holidays, the team recorded a 6-1 victory over Biolela Valleys.
The Strikers are the reigning champions from 2018 and Green won an individual award for his performances over the year.
Roar's interim academy director Martin Bullock said it was important for the club to engage with regional areas as there could be the stars of the future there.
"We want to discover the best football talents that Queensland has to offer and there are plenty of young footballers with incredible potential in these regions,” Bullock said.
"We're looking to develop the Brisbane Roar Hyundai A-League stars of the future, so the players involved in our academy also need to share and demonstrate the key values of the club.
"The Brisbane Roar Academy introduces talented young footballers to a professional environment at an early age to best prepare them for a potential professional career.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Wide Bay region and would like to thank all involved for their support and hospitality.”