Auckland under-17 soccer player Cameron Lindsay is starting a four-year scholarship with Blackburn Rovers in Lancashire.
He will play in the youth league at Balckburn and if all goes well turn professional at 17 and join the Premier League. It’s a long road to get to there, but all power to him.
Cameron will be playing in the same league that the likes of Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole, Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Ryan Giggs among others all played in. In all reality many of these teams youth squads could possibly take apart our national squad on a good day, this is the level that this guy is going to play in.
If he makes it to the Premier League and plays for a mid level team like Blackburn then he’s set for a base salary somewhere in the $3million a year range, which isn’t bad for a young boy, and incredible for a Kiwi sports person.
Not really wanting to have a dig at Rugby (but their bloody arrogance over the years deserves this), with the likes of the IPL cricket and Cameron, will Kiwi kids continue to see Rugby as an option in the future based on tradition. I know I’d rather have my boy at Goodison than Carisbrook (but people who know me know that’s no surprise).
Well done Cameron, and well done Wynton Rufer.
PS you should have gone with Everton sunny.