The teenage nephew of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill is out to follow in his famous uncle’s footsteps and is after a deal in the UK.
Dauntae Mariner, 15, has just returned from England after a playing tour with an Australian schoolboy team.
The group spent two weeks in the UK playing matches against the under-16s sides of Burnley, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Crewe Alexandria, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Town.
FourFourTwo understands Mariner has been invited back to Middlesbrough and Wolves at the end of the current season for more trials.
An attacking midfielder, Mariner has come through the junior ranks of Mount Pritchard, Macarthur Rams and Brisbane Strikers.
He played in the Football NSW state titles in 2013 and is currently a member of Brisbane Roar’s under-18 National Premier Leagues team.
Ray Wood, a former coach with Leicester City and Northampton Town, led the group of Aussie teenagers on their UK tour.
Wood said Mariner has the ability to make it in professional football.
“This boy is probably the best 15-year old I’ve seen in 18 years of coaching,” he told FourFourTwo.
“How he’s been overlooked [in Australia] bemuses me. He’s a natural athlete. A very, very good player.”
Mariner’s uncle, Socceroo talisman Tim, headed to the UK as a teenager and carved out a career with Millwall before transferring to Everton and breaking into the Australian national team.
A number of other players on the tour have also secured further trials in England.
Sydney FC National Youth League midfielder Keenan Gibson has been invited back to Middlesbrough and Shrewsbury Town, Olympic FC goalkeeper Riley Mayne to Blackburn and playmaker Anthony Poljak also to Boro.comments