Soccer dreams in reach but study comes first for now

Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder and promising soccer star Eric Birighitti.
Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder and promising soccer star Eric Birighitti.

Eric has set his sights on playing professional soccer in Europe and received an offer from Real Massima FC Academy, but declined so he could finish his last year of high school at Aquinas College and keep his options open for university.

‘The trial experience was my first in Europe and it was great to experience firsthand what it takes to compete in Europe, where I am aiming to play,’ he said.

‘I would like to play soccer as a professional, but at the moment, along with continuing to attend trial opportunities, my aim for 2015 is to complete Year 12 so I can also have the option to study in the US where I can attend university and play soccer at a high level while studying for a degree.’

Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder said he had been following Eric’s progress and recently caught up with Eric to discuss his plans for the future.

‘It is great to see local students like Eric playing sport at a high level and giving them selves every opportunity to succeed,’ Mr Nalder said.

‘Eric is a great role model to other young aspiring athletes and I am impressed he has opted to focus on his studies and give himself more options for his future.’

Eric is currently being assessed for university entrance at the University of North Carolina for a soccer scholarship.