Beerwah talent flies to England

BEERWAH High student Jacob McLeod’s dream of a professional football career is taking wings as he jets off to the UK for a stint with EPL side West Ham United.

The 16-year-old student is travelling to the UK in October where he will train and play in a junior soccer tournament with other teens from across the globe.

The talented midfielder has methodically chased his dream, moving  from the Beegees to Maroochydore FC, then Gold Coast and now the UK, with his eyes on going pro after he graduates next year.

“I’ve always wanted to play soccer professionally and my dream is to go pro,” he said.

“I’d always like to play for somewhere in Europe if I do go pro.”

McLeod’s been playing football for eight years, and said he found the sport by watching it online and had no family influence in getting into football.

“I think I am the first person from my family to play soccer, everyone else in my family play rugby league,” he said.

The competition will see European junior teams ranging from 16-18 years old battle it out for the trophy.