PLAYING football on the big stage is something Lachlan Jensen has been aiming for ever since he kicked a ball for the first time at the age of two.
Now, it seems his dream is one step closer after the 10-year-old was accepted into the academy of Italian giants AC Milan over the weekend.
The Tomerong local, who has previously played with Huskisson and St Georges Basin in the Shoalhaven competition, was the only one in his group to be offered a place after a trial at Sydney Olympic Park.
Lachlan admitted he was surprised when he heard his name called, but thought his great ball control during the trial had definitely helped his cause.
His average week will now include lots of travel, with three trips to Sydney for training, while the opportunity to go over and play in Italy is also on the horizon.
The chance to travel to Europe and mix it up with some of the best in the world is understandably something Lachlan finds very exciting.
Lachlan’s father is of Italian descent and he knows AC Milan are one of the biggest teams in the world.
“I think it’ll be really cool,” he said.
“[It will be] hard but I reckon lots of fun too.
“They’ve been training for ages and at least twice a week, so I think they’ll be really good.”
Lachlan described himself as a striker who loves scoring goals and tries to be like David Beckham when he plays.
Incidentally, Beckham also played for AC Milan and Lachlan is hoping he can be as good as the former English star one day.
“Milan is a great place to start and I’m really looking forward to my future,” he said.
“I hope it takes me all over the world.
“Playing for Australia would be cool, but I really want to play against Manchester United.
“Then one day I’d like to be the world’s best player,” he added.
While he has set himself a high standard, he still thinks the best part about playing soccer is having fun.
Lachlan had his first training run with the academy on Monday, which he said was really cool and he is looking forward to learning more about the game.
Someone who always believed Lachlan had a good chance of making the academy is his mother Sharon Norton, who is one of the world’s proudest parents at the moment.
“He’s my gifted little boy,” she said.
“I just told him to stay positive and go out there and try his best.
“It is a very big step for him, but I think he will learn a lot from it.”
While Sharon will have to make a lot more trips to Sydney now, she said it will all be worth it and the trips overseas for
training will be a good excuse for them to take a holiday.