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because, football is growing in australia after their world cup performance... now people are starting to play football... not many people play it there. they play aussie rules... they have had a lot of player that have gone to england and a young age and then played for australia. and if he was born in aus then he will want to play there.... he will have friends and extended family in aus... expect to see more australian youth football players making news because the game is growing in australia
 

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I've had to delete over 20 posts which weren't related to the thread so please stick to the topic, if you want to talk about something else then go to the pub section of this site.
 

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RHAIN DAVIS

Played for Moreton Bay Boys College and Redlands United in Brisbane
Registered with Manchester United after they were sent a DVD of him by his England-based grandfather. Qualifies to play for England through his father's side and has a British passport

If you didn't know the name Rhain Davis before, you almost certainly do now.

The nine-year-old, a recent recruit for Manchester United's academy, is now the talk of football - thanks to a DVD of him in action for Brisbane club Redlands United.

He even made the front page of The Sun newspaper - who have immediately, and somewhat inevitably, dubbed him the new Wayne Rooney.

An unnamed 'source' told the paper: "He has created a huge buzz and people are raving about him all over the world."

The video, which is said to have already had more than three million viewers on YouTube, is undeniably impressive. The youngster dances round defenders, performs some step-overs a la Cristiano Ronaldo and delivers defence-splitting passes.

It is easy to see why United invited Davis to move 11,000 miles from Brisbane to Manchester after they were sent the DVD of him in action by his Cheshire-based grandfather.

But the new Wayne Rooney?

The man who coached Rooney as a boy, Everton's academy manager Ray Hall, warns there are no guarantees.

"I've heard a lot of talk about prodigies but I can tell you that no child is treated any differently from another when they're that young," he told BBC Five Live.

"We never make any promises. All we're doing is providing youngsters with an opportunity to achieve their dreams."

Understandably, United have tempered expectations, reiterating that they take on 30 nine-year-olds every year, of which Davis is only one.

Davis must now survive the annual cut at Old Trafford and even if he does that, there is little guarantee he will play for United.

"The number of United academy graduates going into professional football is quite high," United spokesman Phil Townsend told BBC Sport.

"But of the current United first-team squad, only one English player (Danny Simpson) came from the academy."

And of course, we have been here before with some much-celebrated child prodigies, some of whom make it (like Joe Cole) and some of whom don't.

Football agent Sky Andrews says it is impossible to tell which way a nine-year-old will go.

"Joe Cole is a phenomenon because he was a child prodigy who came through," he said.

"A lot of kids have talent but it's an overrated attribute. When you get older, other things come into play like attitude and stickability."

As a cautionary tale, Andrews cited the example of Sonny Pike, who hit the headlines as a seven-year-old when he was invited to train with Ajax's renowned academy.

Overwhelmed by the pressure, Pike suffered a nervous breakdown in 2000 before abandoning professional football altogether three years later.

FAMOUS FOOTBALL PRODIGIES

Joe Cole

Dubbed the new Gazza at West Ham academy, Man Utd were said to be willing to pay £10m for him as a 16-year-old. Now Chelsea and England star

Sonny Pike

Taken on by Ajax academy at age of seven. Quit football after nervous breakdown

Freddy Adu
Signed professional contract at 14. Trained with Man Utd last year. Now 17, he joined Benfica this summer

Cherno Samba

Scored 132 goals in 32 games as a 13-year-old. Was released by Millwall in 2004. Now at Plymouth

But Hall strikes a far more optimistic note.

"Wayne Rooney is the player that everybody knows but we actually had five boys in the same intake that are now playing in other football leagues," he said.

"So out of 14 nine-year-olds, six are making a living and that's not a bad percentage."

But what happened to the other eight?

"It depends what age they are when we let them go," he explained.

"Some leave when they are 12, some when they are 16. If they wish to find another club, we'll try to organise that for them but some boys have just had enough and go back to university."

So for all the talk of being the next Rooney, Davis' immediate target is much more simple: to earn a full-time scholarship with United when he turns 12.

After that, the hard work really begins.
 

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Firstly UnitedRed - no need to delete all posts, just warn people via posting saying please stick on topic.


Nirk said:
because, football is growing in australia after their world cup performance... now people are starting to play football... not many people play it there. they play aussie rules... they have had a lot of player that have gone to england and a young age and then played for australia. and if he was born in aus then he will want to play there.... he will have friends and extended family in aus... expect to see more australian youth football players making news because the game is growing in australia
Some of that is true.

However I bet you now he will not put on the green and gold of our country. If he becomes good that is...
Also, Soccer/Football have higher participation numbers than Aussie Rules I believe.

Heard of Josip Simunic, Anthony Seric or Joey Didiluca? All born in Australia, but went to Croatia. Most famously, heard of Craig Johnson? Turned his back on a country with much need for a star to lift the profile of the game and he chose England - however he now 'regrets' it.

This kid looks to have talent, but it's so so early. Anything could happen, he could take up ice skating or something. But I don't think he will play for Australia - however how unfortunate that is for someone like me - a massive Australian fan.
 

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If hes good, he play for England, if he shit, he'll go Aussie. No offence or anything. Just if hes good enough to play for the better team, he will, but if he turns out not good enough for England, he would play for Aussie.
 

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If hes good, he play for England, if he shit, he'll go Aussie. No offence or anything. Just if hes good enough to play for the better team, he will, but if he turns out not good enough for England, he would play for Aussie.
The last time we played Australia they beat us 3-1!

Although that was a few years ago.

That was the game Franny Jeffers got his first and only England goal.
 

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reddwarf said:
The last time we played Australia they beat us 3-1!

Although that was a few years ago.

That was the game Franny Jeffers got his first and only England
goal.
I found the reason why we lost... =]
 

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Well we didnt have a too flash team back then either, I'd say ours has improved greatly from 2003.

And, I disagree about if he's good hell go for England, if he's shit he'll go for Australia. That's pure bollocks.
 
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hey, just found the forum, like it guys.
cant believe after all this time I have not seen it.

mourinhio is a tool. glad I got that out of my system

anyway, saw the rhain stuff. he was born here I believe, look at this www.rhaindavis.net

easy to get carried away but cmon, he is somert special.

I have a half welsh family and I always give it large about my daughter playing for wales if she not good enough to play for england. lol
 
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