Carr excited by Boreham Woods challenge

Published 20/08/2014 | 05:36

Jonathan Carr

A YOUNG LB Rovers player has got a great chance to try and progress to play soccer at at profession level after being accepted for a two-year scholarship in the UK by Conference League side Boreham Wood FC. The club is located in Hertsfordshire on the outskirts of London and they play in the conference.

Jonathan Carr took time out to talk to The Kerryman on Saturday and he says he is adapting well to his new environment. He is son of Micheál Carr who was manager of the great Lisselton Rovers side that won almost every competition in the KDL a number of years ago and went to the quarter final of the FAI Junior Cup.

When this team disbanded a new club was founded LB Rovers with players from Lisselton and Ballybunion. The popular Lisselton lad is just 16 and has an abiding passion for the beautiful game.

He says he was kicking a ball when he was little more than knee high and played his first game at competitive level when he was nine with Kingdom Boys in Tralee. In the years that followed he played with Asdee Rovers for a short period at underage level and just last year began to be introduced to the LB Rovers senior team.

He always had a burning desire to try and do his utmost to be able to play the game at professional level so this year he sought and got a trial with Boreham Wood FC. It went very well and he was called him back again and offered him the scholarship.

"The facilities at the club are great as it's in the conference league there is two club physios on site, a club gym and a canteen. The grounds are also used by Arsenal under 21 team and ladies team.

"We have three training sessions a week blended into college times where I am picked up after college on training days with a game on the weekend."

The club is looking after his educational needs also and he will sit his A levels in two years time.

"I am planning to obtain a degree in Sports Science allowing me to go to the majority of universities in England. My plan is to become a more developed and professonally coached soccer player in the process."

He says his dream club to play with would be Juventus as he loves Pirlo's style of play. "It was a big decision for me to leave home and pursue this Scholarship as I was leaving behind my family and friends."

However he says nothing would stop him from pursuing this chance of making it with a cross channel club.

"My dream from when I was very young was to play soccer at the highest level possible this is a stepping stone that could lead me to the promised land," he added.

In his spare time Jonathan goes to watch games does a bit of sight seeing and is researching facts about the body and soccer. While it is early days yet Jonathan feels he has made the right decision to take up this scholarship and soccer fans around the county wishes him the very best of luck for the future.

Kerryman

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