IT was a case of try, try and try again for a talented young footballer from South Tyneside who has been selected to represent his country.
After being knocked back several times by clubs and academies, Adam Curry, from Jarrow, can now proudly wear the three lions on his shirt after winning a place in the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) under-18 squad.
A pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, in Mill Lane, Hebburn, 16-year-old Adam is the second student at the school to win an England place, following in the footsteps of Jack Burridge, in the 2006-7 season.
After being nominated by his teacher and Durham County coach, Rob Hope, Adam was selected following trials at the Lilleshall centre of excellence, in Shropshire.
He will join the ESFA U18 squad when it takes on home international sides Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland in the Centenary Shield Competition, being staged between March 14 and April 11.
Adam said: “I am delighted to be selected for the ESFA U18 squad.
“It is very special for me, as I have had the door shut on me multiple times by professional clubs and academies, so I feel this opportunity will not only help me mature as a player and a person, but hopefully open many doors which were previously closed.
“I’d like to thank Mr Hope for nominating me, Andy Heywood and Steve Hall for their continued coaching with Seaham Red Star U18s, and my mam and dad, as this would not be possible without their enthusiasm and support towards my football.”
Mr Hope said: “Adam’s call-up is a massive bonus for him, but one he thoroughly deserves.
“We sent him down this year to gain experience, hoping that he would make the squad next year as a better candidate, but he has met each challenge with an improved performance every time.
“He is very coachable, as he acts upon each little piece of information that is given to him and he tries to build that into his game, and will develop quickly with the challenge of international football.”