No return trip booked for Sam Whatman
SAM WHATMAN will fly out for Germany on Friday and, if all goes to, he will not come back any time soon.
The Hervey Bay teenager is counting down to the moment he boards an international flight to realise his dreams of playing elite football.
But the biggest challenge of his trial with German club SV Elversberg may not have anything to do with the game.
"They all speak German on the field so I might be concentrating on that more than the game," he said yesterday.
It is not the first time Whatman has trialled with elite European teams.
The 17 year old swung by several clubs last year, including English Premier League giants Tottenham, but was unable to ink a contract as he didn't have the paperwork.
Now with a passport and visa in hand, there seems to be nothing that can stop Whatman achieving his dream.
"I've always wanted to play but it was when I went over in 2012 that I knew it was something I could do," he said.
"When I got back I know it was what I wanted, and I've never given up on the dream."
Whatman has based his style of play on that of current Bayern Munich stopper Manuel Neuer, playing more as a "sweeper-keeper" similar to the way the FIFA World Cup winner plays.
Neuer has numerous accolades and is recognised as one of the world's premier goalkeepers.
Whatman admittedly has a long way to go if he is to reach that level, but a contract with SV Elversberg or Wolverhampton Wolves could be the perfect launching pad for the "massive" Liverpool fan.
"The way he (Neuer) plays that sweeper-keeper role; I've tried to put some of that into my game," he said.
"This is a one-way trip for the foreseeable future.
"I'll take absolutely anything to get there."
Last week's 3-2 win over KSS Jets marked his last appearance for United Warriors in the Three Cities League.
"It was very emotional; it's hard to put into words," he said.
"Just seeing everyone there knowing I could never play here again.
"It was pretty sad but I was happy to finish on a high."