Young Aussie heads to Scotland

 Jacob Esposito is looking to make a name for himself and build on the history of Australian footballers starting their careers in Scotland with Scottish Championship side Livingston.

It's a big step up for the winger, who until recently was plying his trade in the second tier of Australian football with newly promoted Hakoah Sydney City East.

However, rather than being scouted by the club, it was team-mate Gavin Rae who put the youngster on Livingston's radar.

“I spoke to Gavin at the start of the season and told him I really wanted to try and get an opportunity to play in Europe,” Esposito told The Daily Record.

“I felt I had a good season under my belt at Hakoah and Gavin was good enough to contact a few clubs and Livingston gave me a chance.

“I’m very thankful for that and I’m delighted that the gaffer saw enough reason to offer me a contract. Now I just have to go out there and prove I was worth it.”

The 20-year-old Australian currently awaits international clearance after making his move to The City Stadium and is itching to make his impression on the Scottish footballing landscape.

“It’s a bit colder here than I expected, but Livingston is a great opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get my clearance sorted and get some games under my belt,” Esposito said

“It’s a long time waiting and it is frustrating, but you just have to deal with it. I thought I’d have been playing by now, but these things happen. All I can do is train hard.”

Esposito's clearance is expected to be ratified by the time the transfer window opens in January.