Japan is the next stop for Josh Haack
WHEN the name Haack is mentioned in Bundaberg and Queensland football circles the words talented and dedicated are always before and after.
At his home club, Bingera, Josh plays Division 1 with his brothers Corey and cousin Angus, while his sister Emma is one of the leaders in the women's Div 1 team, another brother, Joel, plays football in Brisbane also.
And after Josh's trip to Japan next week to play for the state Under-15 schoolboy's team the Haack name is sure to be known internationally.
Haack was selected in the touring party after starring in defence for Wide Bay at the state titles on the Gold Coast and he will line up at centre-back for Queensland in five games against J-League development teams in Osaka.
The 15-year-old defender is well prepared for the trip to Japan and there is no doubt he will be fit enough. In 2014 Haack has played school football, games for the Wide Bay Revolution in the National Premier League and 32 for Bingera in the local competition, 19 in U16 and 13 in Division 1.
Haack's experience in Div 1, and playing two years for Queensland at club level, will be valuable during the trip and despite having plenty of top-level games under his belt he said there were a few nerves before his maiden trip overseas.
"I'm a bit nervous and excited, it should be good," Haack said.
"I've never been overseas so that's part of it, and playing for Queensland gets you nervous."
With lofty goals of a future in football Haack was looking forward to developing and seeing how the sport operates in a different county.