English Premier League giants Liverpool FC have signed Melbourne teenager Jake Brimmer to a three-year deal after impressing in a number of trials for the club.
Brimmer, who turned 16 last month, was on the verge of signing for Melbourne Victory's youth team before being spotted by Liverpool scouts last July.
The youngster was invited to participate in trials and impressed the Liverpool youth coaches during his time in England.
Brimmer, who say's his dream was to play for Liverpool, is now focussed on cracking Brendan Rodger's first team.
“That’s the goal, it’s a big move but hopefully it’s not just three years. I want to make a career out of it, make the first team and make it my life,’’ Brimmer told the Herald Sun.
“It’s unbelievable, I’ve been over three times and the experience gets better. It’s surreal.
“Walking around the changerooms, going to Melwood (training base) and warming up at Anfield for an under-21 game after supporting Liverpool as a kid, my childhood dream is coming true.
“I met Kenny Dalglish, who was brilliant and offered his support, also Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. It was amazing.’’
Rodgers, who took over at Liverpool two years ago, has made a name for handing first team action to young players in his time at the Reds.
The list includes players such as Raheem Sterling (19), Jordon Ibe (18), Joao Texeira (21) and even Australian-born left-back Brad Smith (20).
Brimmer and his family will relocate to England in June, while for now he has been put on a pre-season program with Nunawading City coach Greg Mangonis.
“We’re delighted to have Jake Brimmer join us this summer,’’ Liverpool youth coach Alex Inglethorpe said.
“When he arrives he will be a full-time scholar, which will see him attend our comprehensive secondary school, Rainhill.
“He will also take part in community work which replaces Academy players cleaning boots and baths of the senior team.”
*Picture from official Liverpool FC Facebook page.