Ryan?s hot on Harry?s heels
By STEVE SPINKS
RYAN Gray knows he is going to get very Kewell in England.
After all, the 17-year-old soccer player from South Golden Beach is part of the NSW Schoolboys team that is heading from the heat of an Australian summer to the frost of an English winter.
He is also going to get Kewell, because the Schoolboys team will get to meet the Liverpool Premier League team, the side including Australian superstar Harry Kewell.
In fact, the 13-day tour of England is based around Liverpool and the stadium at Anfield.
When asked by The Northern Star what he would talk to Kewell about, the Byron Bay Premier League player was dumbfounded.
"I wouldn't have a clue," he laughed.
"Maybe I'll just say to him that he has to get us (Australia) to the next World Cup."
The NSW Schoolboys team was picked after the State Titles in August.
Gray, who played for Combined High Schools, distinguished himself as a goalkeeper.
Not only will the team be subjected to 13 days of intense coaching and playing, but they will also get to watch Liverpool take on Germany's Bayer Leverkeusen in a Champions League match at Anfield.
It is a dream come true for Gray, who just completed his Year 12 studies at Mullumbimby High School.
The goalkeeper, who can also play in the outfield, had a busy 2004.
Not only did he play for Byron in the Premier League, but he also turned out for Tumbulgum Under-18s in the Gold Coast competition.
This meant soccer on every day of the week, except for Sunday.
Don't forget that there was school sport mixed in with this as well.
"It does over take your life," Gray admitted.
"It sort of becomes your social life as well."
Earlier this week, Gray's biggest problem was to find out how many winter clothes could be fit into a sports bag.
Gray has been a goalkeeper since he started playing 11 years ago.
It was the last position available on the field and he was just happy to help out his mates.
Now it is a position that he would like to make a career out of.
It's a career that will probably need plenty of warm clothes, because of the Kewell climate.