Teen galvanised to pursue UK dream

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph
Young soccer star Robbie Galvin, 16, is off to the United Kingdom to chase his dreams.
Camera IconYoung soccer star Robbie Galvin, 16, is off to the United Kingdom to chase his dreams. Credit: Shelley Pearson

Playing professional soccer at the top level in England is a dream for many that never comes to fruition, but for Baldivis teenager Robbie Galvin it is one step closer as the 16-year-old jetted off on Monday to play for Salford City Football Club.

Based in Kersal, Salford, in greater Manchester, the club has risen through the lower league ranks of English soccer in recent times and is owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim and former Manchester United players Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville.

A student at South Coast Baptist College, Robbie had trials at a number of clubs in October 2017 including Salford, Everton and Huddersfield before flying out this week.

Locally, the central midfielder has played for Rockingham City FC, Mandurah, Cockburn and Armadale as well as playing Gaelic football and hurling.

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Robbie told the Telegraphit was surreal to be chasing his dreams.

“There are always nerves going into something like this but it’s good to be nervous — it helps me to work even harder,” he said.

“It’s very surreal to be fulfilling my dream and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents, clubs and especially the school, for which I’m so grateful.”

South Coast Baptist College technical director Matthew Brook said Robbie was a dedicated player.

“He is not a player that needs the spotlight but is always the first one to put in the hard graft and the last one to finish it,” Brook said.

“He has exceptional game awareness and understanding, which is very rare of many young Australian players, and this allows him to have a great effect on the match.

“Technically he has a gifted left foot and is able to execute what he needs to under pressure in nearly all situations.”

Inspired by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his father Dermot, Robbie said his goal in the game was to play at the highest level for as long as he could.

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