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Footballer rising to US challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:55 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 30 June 2010

Following a footballing dream in the states, Adam Sewell.

Following a footballing dream in the states, Adam Sewell.

From playing his part in a historic promotion to getting a life-changing apprenticeship in America, one young Bradwell footballer is chasing his football - or should it be soccer - dreams.

From playing his part in a historic promotion to getting a life-changing apprenticeship in America, one young Bradwell footballer is chasing his football - or should it be soccer - dreams.

Having helped Great Yarmouth Town FC move up a league for the first time in their history, 19-year-old Adam Sewell has now been snapped up to play for a top-class team Stateside.

And next Friday he will be leaving family and friends to jet off and join the team at High Point University in North Carolina before trying to crack the professional leagues.

Adam, who is currently is working in Asda to save up money, said: “It's crazy and insane and a bit of an ego boost. It seemed as if it was too good to be true and now it's happening.”

The midfielder got his big break after being approached by an agent following his captaincy of East Norfolk Sixth Form College football team at a national final held in Doncaster last summer.

“We lost so I was disappointed but after the game was finished I was told someone wanted to see me.

“The agent, Barry Poole, took me to one side in the changing room and told me about trials. I didn't really know what to think at first but when he explained it seemed like a great opportunity.”

By November, Adam was in the changing room used by the 1966 World Cup-winning team at the England training camp in Wolverhampton.

And it was alongside 50 other boys and in front of 30 American football agents that the former runner,

who started playing for the Gorleston FC under nines team, made his mark.

His dad Gary Sewell, 50, explained how a scholarship meant that nearly all the £150,000 in university fees were being paid for, and added: “He has great fitness but isn't naturally gifted so he has put in a lot of work with the help of a lot of people. It will hit me hard when he goes but I'm really pleased for him.”

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