A dream comes true for fan
THOMAS Sharp is still coming to grips with the fact he will run on to Suncorp Stadium with his heroes Everton this Saturday night.
The football-mad youngster, 7, will lead the English Premier League heavyweights into battle against Brisbane Roar as their mascot after winning a Roar against Racism competition.
“I really couldn't believe it when I found out,” he said.
“My parents told me and it didn't really sink in, I still don't think it's really sunk in.”
The Bargara Sea Lions under-8 striker has been the envy of his team-mates ahead of the promotional match with a rare opportunity to meet Everton FC stars, Leighton Baines and Australian sensation Tim Cahill.
“Tim Cahill is up there with the best and a bit of an inspiration so to have the chance to meet him is pretty special,” he said.
The Roar against Racism match is expected to attract a record number of football fans to the stadium eager to see the EPL force in action.
Sharp has been bouncing from the walls of his parents' Bargara home in anticipation of the match but admitted to a few pangs of nervousness.
“I've never really been in front of those sorts of numbers before so it's going to be a bit strange,” he said.
After his mascot duties Sharp will serve as a ball boy roaming the perimeter of Suncorp Stadium scooping up loose ball.
“I'm going to be right in the middle of the action so I'm going to have a pretty good view of it all,” he said.
“To be that close to all the players during the game is going to be pretty exciting.”
As part of the prize Sharp will also receive a Brisbane Roar fan pack and an Everton jersey signed by the team.
“I feel really lucky to be able to meet them all and I'm going to try and bring some signatures back for my friends and family,” he said.
Sharp recently moved to Bargara from Melbourne and said the competition win had been the perfect welcoming.
“It's a bit of a dream come true for me and it's something I'm not going to forget in a hurry,” he said.
“I just wish I could take all my friends and team-mates along with me.”