Chasing a round ball dream
SOCCER: Grafton footballer Martin Gorrie is chasing a dream that some would say is almost impossible for a country kid.
But Gorrie isn't any stranger to the impossible and has worked tirelessly for the past six years to get a sniff at a professional contract.
The midfielder only returned to the Clarence Valley in February following a four-year stint with NCAA Division 1 side University at Alabany in the US and a two-week training run with German fourth-division club SV Elversberg 07.
But Gorrie is already preparing for another move overseas back to Germany in search of a professional contract hopefully with training club Elversberg.
The former Majos Soccer Club junior and Westlawn Tiger said there was a real step up in the level of competition overseas, especially in the US.
"It is just quicker on all levels, it is more intense, the passes are sharper and quicker, physicality is basically the same but just quicker technically," Gorrie said.
"It was pretty intense when I was there but after couple of days I adjusted to that speed and it was good to see myself at that level and competing.
"I learnt heaps in the US, my coach over there Trevor Gorman was a great mentor. He taught me a lot of areas that I didn't think I needed to work but I really did.
"It sort of taught me a lot of discipline toward my game and toward me getting better."
While like all budding soccer players Gorrie has a dream of one day playing the top level football in Europe but said a more attainable dream at this stage was a contract with a German club.
At 22 years old it will be a relatively late start to a professional career but as Gorrie believes nothing is impossible to achieve.
"That is the message that I want to send to the kids in the Clarence Valley is that it is never too late to achieve your dream," he said.
"I have sort have had the last couple of months to really consider whether I wanted to continue with my football at a serious level and you know I think 22 - yes it is much more difficult to crack into a professional club or league at that age, but it is not impossible.
"If you just continue with it and don't stop there is no reason why you can't get there."
Gorrie is currently in talks with local junior clubs in the hope he can run training sessions and share his experiences from playing around the world.
Gorrie is expecting to leave for Germany in July and is using every moment he has to prepare with the team at Grafton Sport and Physio.