Man City take good look at Jack Arthur

BAULKHAM Hills teenager Jack Arthur is closing in on his English Premier League dream after securing a trial with newly crowned premiership champions Manchester City.

The 15-year-old was selected alongside nine other players from the Australasian Soccer Academy and will leave for England with head coach Tony Basha in September.

Jack and his academy teammates will compete against the City youth team in several training matches.

The best players are likely to be to be offered contracts.

"It's do or die in my opinion," Jack said.

"My teammates and I will be up against much tougher opposition who are all hungry to make a name for themselves in the English Premier League."

If successful Jack will be only the third Australian to play for Manchester City after Melbourne Victory striker Danny Allsopp and recently retired Danny Tiatto.

"I think there's heaps of Australian talent out there and we've all proved to English clubs that us Aussies can play at the highest level," Jack said.

"I've always been told I'm too short to play up front but they said the same about Tim Cahill and look at what he's done with Everton.

"You can also look at Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan who's trialling with Tottenham Hotspur at the moment."

Jack is in good form this season. He has 11 goals in 10 games and is confident he'll be able to impress the club's youth team coaches and join former academy teammate Farres Aoun in City's shadow squad.

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