EAST LISMORE'S Jai Cinnamond nursing the broken arm that will make him miss Fox8's Australian Football Superstar trials this Sunday.
EAST LISMORE'S Jai Cinnamond nursing the broken arm that will make him miss Fox8's Australian Football Superstar trials this Sunday. Brenden Allen

Jai misses out on Football television fame

JAI CINNAMOND is only 18 and already he could be a broken idol.

The East Lismore teenager broke his hand at soccer training with Thistles last week and as a result could miss out on a big opportunity.

Pay-TV channel Fox8 is filming a soccer show called Australian Football Superstar which is based loosely on the popular Australian Idol.

More than 6000 players aged between 16 and 21 will slug it out to win a one-year contract with Sydney FC and a one-year scholarship with Macquarie University worth more than $30,000.

Trials will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth with a top 10 selected from each city then converging on Sydney for the semi-finals.

From there Sydney FC coach John Kosmina will select his final 15, who will go into a mansion for one month and train with Sydney FC. One kid will be anointed Australia's first ever Football Superstar and play for the club in 2008-2009.

The show will screen from the end of June through to August on Fox8.

Cinnamond was selected to attend the Brisbane try-outs which will be held this Sunday, but his broken hand means he won't get his shot at making the trial.

"I did a bicycle kick at training last week and landed on it," Cinnamond said.

"It's a bit of a shame but it would have been pretty hard to make the top 10."

Cinnamond is still keen to try to crack a spot with a professional team eventually.

"I played with Cavendish Road (School - Brisbane) last year and played with the Mt Gravatt Hawks," he said.

"I'm planning on maybe moving to England."

The midfielder had intended to get his visa done this week but his hand is in a cast making it difficult for signatures and fingerprints.


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