Defensive duo ready for German challenge
Football: Kingaroy footballers Lachlan Hurt and William Ambrose will soon embark on the footballing journey of a lifetime.
The defensive linchpins of the Gunners' first division side will jet off to Germany on Thursday for a two-week tour of arguably the biggest footballing nation in the world.
There they will compete against the best young players in Germany - from both high-performance programs and professional youth academies - under the watchful eye and then tutelage of talent scouts and coaches.
The opportunity came following the pair's impressive performances at the Joey's Mini World Cup in New South Wales last year, where they were awarded for their efforts with full tour scholarships.
Previous award winners have gone on to compete in the German professional second division - Zweite Bundesliga - and one, Eliza Campbell, represented Brisbane Roar in the W-League.
Gunners goalkeeper Ambrose hopes to follow in Campbell's footsteps and one day make an impact on the professional scene.
"(A professional career) is always a goal but I'm not sure if it's a reality. We'll see what happens,” Ambrose said.
Once back from Germany, the shot-stopper will leave for the United States on a four-year football scholarship to Sussex County Community College in New Jersey.
He intends to take full advantage of the experience, studying accounting and finance, but before that is a date with Germany's best and brightest.
"I'm most looking forward to experiencing the football culture (in Germany) and just trying to improve my game before I head to the US,” Ambrose said.
Lachlan Hurt only announced himself to senior football last season, but the 16-year-old believes his growth in the past 12 months has put him in good stead for the challenge that awaits him in Germany.
"I had six months off with a heel injury, but since I started playing seniors last year I've really improved,” Hurt said.
It will be the centre-back's first foray overseas and although he's excited to see what Europe has to offer, his focus remains on football.
"I'm excited to see Germany but I'm more interested in the football side of things - to go over and play with the academies and clubs and improve myself,” Hurt said.
While his football aspirations extend to "going as far he can”, he says his focus will be solely on learning from and enjoying the experience.