Mur?bah talent off to Denmark
MURWILLUMBAH'S Matthew Steel has been selected to represent Australia in the Dana Cup, one of the world's premier junior soccer tournaments.
Steel, 13, will travel to Denmark as part of the Gold Coast based Futbal Institute, for the second year to play in the tournament.
The talented teenager, who is a student at Mount St Patrick College, has also been chosen as Uki's under-16 junior sportsperson of the year, an award he will pick up at the town's annual Australia Day celebrations today.
His family moved to Murwillumbah last year.
Matthew will travel to Denmark in July.
During his trip he will also visit the home ground of English Premier League club Chelsea, who are looking likely to be English champions by July, for a four-day visit.
The Murwillumbah Services Soccer Club junior, who plays centre midfield, has been playing soccer since he was five when he started playing with the Uki Pythons.
He achieved a five out of six rating at the Futbol Institute's selection trials.
"I would love to play professionally," Matthew said.
"My favourite team is Manchester United."
He said the institute made the semifinals of the Dana Cup last year, before being knocked out by a top Swedish team.
He hopes the side can go better this year.
"There is going to be teams there from all over the world," Matthew said.