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WA Joeys hopefuls get chance to shine

Football West News

The finest young football talent in Western Australia gathered in Perth this week to take part in an Elite FFA U16 camp.

National youth coach Trevor Morgan conducted the two-day camp, which involved players from Perth Glory as well as fellow NPL clubs ECU Joondalup, Sorrento, Floreat Athena, Subiaco, Cockburn City, Rockingham City and South West Phoenix through the Talent Support Program.

The camp at McGillivray Oval in Mt Claremont, which concluded on Thursday, was part of a nationwide tour being undertaken by Morgan and U17 national team manager Marty Judge.

Most of the players are already on the radar of the respective national youth teams, although there is always the prospect of new talent being unearthed.

The players took part in two training sessions and an Elite Match, as well as learning about the National Team standard, strategy and specific training updates.

Football West technical manager Cris Ola said the camp offered the young players an opportunity to catch the eye of the national set-up.

He said: “It’s a preliminary identification camp for the Joeys (U17s) and the players here are under-16s and the most talented under-15s. It’s the first one held in Perth.

“There was an Elite Match on Thursday. The players identified will be updated of the further actions and the others will still be monitored.”

Australia qualified for the AFC U16 Championship in Malaysia after topping their group of the qualification phase in Mongolia last September.