Author(s): Patrick Loughlin
Can the new recruits kick it with the best young talent in the country? Twelve-year-old Nick dreams about football u and his dreams are big: state squad, Joeys, A-League, Socceroos ...and that's just for starters! So when Nick wins a scholarship to the prestigious National School of Football, his dreams look set to come true. What Nick doesn't realise is that he's just another young gun in a place brimming with skilled footballers. Enter Bazzo, Lexi, Grace, Kristy and Kane. With schoolmates like these, Nick figures his time at the NSF will be unforgettable. And when word gets out that Nick's dad is none other than former Socceroo and Arsenal star Shane Young, Nick's prediction comes true in the worst possible way. All eyes are on him. Does Nick have what it takes to make it at Football High or will reality hit like a well-struck football to the back of the net?
Patrick Loughlin is a high school English teacher and the author of the Billy Slater Rugby league series and the Glenn Maxwell cricket series.