A Myerscough College football student has realised his dream of becoming a professional goalkeeper after signing a deal with Portuguese Primeira Liga club, Academica.
Josh Powell was originally spotted by the club after being part of the Myerscough group which flew out to Portugal for the college’s annual warm weather training camp earlier this year.
After catching the eye of the host’s coaches, the 18 year old was offered the chance to trial with the first team squad of the Primeira Liga club and has just signed a contract.
Josh, from Wrea Green, who completed his Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Football Studies this summer said: “I am living the dream.
At first it was very different to what I’m used to because the speed of the game was a lot faster, but to see how the professionals train was a brilliant way for me to learn and bring me on as a player. I’m buzzing to have signed and can’t wait for the season. I’m loving every minute of it so far ... The Myerscough College system provides a great pathway for people coming through to play at different levels and makes it easy to get into the game as a player if they work hard.”
Phil Brown, Head of Myerscough College’s Football Development Centre, said: “We’re delighted that Josh was spotted and has signed.”
Academica OAF is one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs and one of its oldest sports institutions.