Thirroul Junior soccer player Reagan Ogle has signed a two year contract with professional English League Two club Accrington Stanley.
18 year old Reagan began playing with Thirroul JFC as a five year old and played alongside many of the Thunder’s Youth Team before he and his family picked up and moved to the UK so Reagan could pursue his footballing dreams.
He promptly won a scholarship to Accrington Stanley’s Youth Academy. Now, he’s contracted to the club’s senior team.
Parents Cathryn and Phil say Reagan has put in the hard yards.
“Phil and I are very proud,” Cathryn said. “This was his dream and he has worked really hard to get there. But he remains a proud Aussie and is also proud his football roots are with Thirroul JFC.
Reagan says it was worth taking the gamble and moving to the UK.
“It’s a big step up from playing in Australia,” he says. “To mix it with the English kids who have been playing their whole life is a great feeling,” he said.
“Getting a scholarship was great but once that happened I wanted to be a pro.”
Ogle made his League Two debut as a late sub in the last home game of the season after a successful loan spell with non-league Ramsbottom United.
“When you get into the youth team, you think it is possible to go pro. And if you have a good season or two it becomes more realistic because you’re training with the first team and you know you want to play football professionally.”