Chasing his dreams

Joel Martin.
Joel Martin.

In April, the Inglewood United defender will travel to Spain in a bid to earn a contract with La Liga’s Real Valladolid.

Martin (17) earned a two-month trial after impressing during a seven-day tryout with the club two years ago.

Year 12 studies prevented Martin returning to Spain last year and a recent torn ligament in his knee has hampered his preparations for the upcoming gruelling trial.

But Martin was confident of impressing in Spain and hopeful of gaining a contract with Real Valladolid’s youth team.

‘I played my first game for Inglewood United’s senior team recently, and the next day I injured my knee when I was playing in the under-20s,’ he said.

‘It is unfortunate timing, but I should be fine in about a month. I have confidence after doing well in 2012 and I believe I can showcase my abilities over there.

‘The standard is another level over there. It is so fast and the players are really skilled, but I believe my decision-making has improved since the last time I was there.’

Martin said he had dreamed of playing in Spain since he started kicking a ball when he was five.

‘I have Spanish descendants, so I have always supported Spain and followed the La Liga,’ he said.

‘It is going to be an intensive two months, but I am really excited and it is going to be an amazing experience.’

Martin said he would aim to make Perth Glory’s squad if his tryout in Spain was unsuccessful.

‘I want to be a professional footballer and I’m determined to realise my goal,’ he said.