College provide stern test for Aussies

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A TEAM of Australian footballers aiming to secure professional contracts in England lost to Burnley College’s triple league winning Football Academy.

The 3G International Squad is spending five months training and playing in England in an attempt to earn contracts with professional league clubs.

The squad is trained by England and Northern Ireland Under 21 coach Billy Stewart and Roy Tunks, Assistant Scout at Manchester City.

In the game at Burnley College, the Australians lost 3-1 to the College’s First Team Academy, with goals from A Level student Danny Morville, Advanced Football Studies student Chris Bailey and Advanced Sports Studies student Callum Broadleday.

Burnley College Coach Gerry Harrison said: “This was a really tough game for our squad as they had not experienced opposition of such high quality before.

“The Australians were very confident and started the game at a ferocious pace, scoring an early goal. But, we continued to play our own game and eventually got on top and scored three good goals.

“The game was a great experience for our players and we wish all of the 3G International Squad well in their ambitions of becoming professional players.”

Stewart added: “We would like to thank Burnley College for their hospitality and for providing a really tough game for our players.

“Roy and I are really enjoying working with this squad and giving them the advice necessary to make it at the next level. It’s not easy to become a professional player but if you can prove you’re good enough, the opportunities are there.

“In the short time we have worked with the squad we have already had interest from Blackburn Rovers for one of our goalkeepers so we are confident we can help these players fulfil their ambitions.”