Kellyville’s Lachlan Rose has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys soccer team.
The speedy winger impressed at the Boys All Schools Tri-State Tournament last month to score a seat on the plane for January’s tour of England and Europe.
Lachlan, 18, finished the three-game tournament as the equal top goalscorer in the NSW Blue side.
The young team finished undefeated in the tournament with an impressive 13-2 for and against record.
“It’s pretty awesome, I’m so happy about making it,” he said.
“I told my teacher Mr Kember at the beginning of the year that I was going to make the Australian team. He was stoked about it because he knew I had set that goal.”
Lachlan attends St Leo’s Catholic College in Wahroonga and said he is the first player from the school to make the Australian team.
It will be a busy schedule on the tour for the Australian Schoolboys with 15 games in three weeks.
One of the key experiences will be playing in front of English scouts.
“The scouts over there are quite important for us young boys because sometimes it’s hard to break over here,” Lachlan said.
“But over there, you have more of a chance because there are more clubs involved and it’s really tough footy over there.”
The selection for the Australian Schoolboys is the continuation of the dream for Lachlan.
He has covered plenty of distance to make his young career a reality, previously playing in the Central Coast Mariners’ youth system and playing for NPL 2 side Spirit FC before moving to Blacktown City this year.
After spending the season in the Blacktown City under-20s team, he’s eager to try to push his way to higher honours.
“I re-signed with Blacktown’s under-20s for next year and hopefully I can push and play a few first grade games,” he said.
“It will be hard but at the same time, I like setting myself hard tasks, so that will be one of my goals for next year.
“You never know what your future will hold though, but if you put everything towards it, you can achieve goals in life.”