A Leyland schoolboy footballer is hoping to appear in the World Cup for Australia.
Worden Sports College pupil Hyuga Tanner has just returned from helping the Australia Under-16 team qualify for the Asia Cup next year.
The talented midfielder was man of the match, and scored in the final against Indonesia.
Now, he hopes he has done enough to be selected for the squad for the cup competition.
Dad Alan Tanner said: “He loves to play the game.
“He has just returned from Thailand for the Asian Cup qualifiers, and that put Australia into full competition, which is a precursor for the Under-17 World Cup in 2013. He stands a good chance of making the squad, considering the manager kept him on the pitch for 90 minutes in his last game.”
Hyuga started his career in Sydney, aged five, and when he was 12, he played in the Australian Youth Premier League.
However, his dad wanted to move back to England and started up his own business.
Alan landed close to his Wigan roots, and Hyuga plied his trade for Moor Hill, in Preston, when scouts from Blackburn Rovers asked him to join their academy.
Alan said: “I am very proud of him. It happened so quickly and he is enjoying training with reserve team players at Blackburn.”