DISCIPLINE and determination proved to be the winning combination for one driven St Stephen’s School Duncraig student.
Jordan Feinberg was one of just 22 players selected to play and trial at Juventus, which is a professional Italian association football club, but it took a lot of grit to get there.
The 16-year-old Darch resident was determined to improve his fitness to give himself the best possible chance of being selected to travel and train in Italy.
Feinberg pushed himself to run two hours every Saturday and Sunday for six months.
“I knew I had raw talent and the first step was to get fit and now I am more satisfied with where I have come,” he said.
“I put my mind towards the goal and hard work showed me that I could be successful.”
Italian football hall of famer Carolina Morace and former Juventus Academy coach Nicola Williams scouted the Floreat Athena Football Club under-18s player to join their soccer academy in Perth.
Feinberg said training five days a week was well worth the sacrifice when he found out that he had been selected to travel to Italy.
He said playing at Juventus for two and a half weeks was a tremendous experience that cemented his love for the game and desire to succeed.
“Italy was incredible,” he said.
“You got to see how good the best in the world are; you could compare yourself to them and see what it takes to become a professional in Europe.
“I still have a lot to improve.
“Technically and mentally I understand the game better but I still have a lot of improvement in terms of my understanding of how the game works and my physical ability.”