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Three young Queenslanders have the chance to win a two-week trial with Sydney FC’s Youth League team after PlayStation 4 announced the 24 footballers in contention for the PS4 Player Pathway Award.
Western Pride FC pair Jesse Rigby and Joseph Duckworth will join Sunshine Coast FC’s Grant De Chastel at an intensive two-day camp in Sydney this month in the hope of impressing a decorated four-man selection panel.
Rigby, Duckworth and De Chastel have proven themselves amongst the most consistent performers in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland, which forms part of Australia’s national second tier.
Western Pride midfielder Duckworth is a member of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland U23 Select team, while teammate Rigby captained last year’s All-Stars squad.
De Chastel, 18, is the youngest of the trio but has already racked up over 60 appearances for Sunshine Coast.
Under the selection criteria, the player must be aged between 16-20 years old and must not have been registered with a Hyundai A-League club or their associated National Youth Team in the 2015/2016 PS4 NPL season.
The PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp will be held from 26-28 September at Valentine Sports Park.
The 24 selected players will be put through their paces through a series of on-field and off-field testing under the watchful eye of one of the most decorated selection panels in Australian football.
Keeping a watchful eye over all of the players, as well as selecting the ultimate winner, will be a judging panel comprised of:
- Former Socceroo and current Socceroos Assistant Coach – Ante Milicic
- Former Socceroo and Hyundai A-League coach, and PS4 NPL Ambassador – John Kosmina
- Sydney FC Youth League Head Coach – Rob Stanton
- Former Socceroo, Chief Analyst for The World Game on SBS and Chairman of the PFA – Craig Foster
The winner of the inaugural PS4 Player Pathway Award will win a two-week trial with Sydney FC’s Youth League team where, if selected, they will be presented with the opportunity to be signed onto the team.
All coaches and scouts from each Hyundai A-League club will be invited to attend the PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp.
CLICK HERE for a full list of all 24 players selected to attend the Camp.