Brady makes Premier League debut Sunday



ANOTHER local footballing protege makes his debut in the big time this weekend when Brady Parker runs out for Sydney Olympic in the opening round of the New South Wales Vodaphone Premier League.

As a member of arguably Australia's most famous soccer football club, Parker will play striker in the Under 20 team to take on Sydney United at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday.

And if the member of last season's local A Grade runners-up, Sawtell Scorpions, has any nervous feelings about the occasion, he's not admitting it.

"No, I feel pretty cool about it all," he said.

"You always have a few nerves before a game but once it starts, you soon settle down."

Parker has North Coast Football Operations Manager Gary Phillips to thank for his start in the city.

"Gary had seen me play and passed on a recommendation to Olympic.

"They came to talk and take a look at me in action, and it went from there."

A product of Boambee juniors, Parker had one season with the Scorpions culminating in a grand final appearance.

In the city, he'll seek to emulate the record of other famous products to wear the Olympic colours including Brett Emerton, Ned Zelic and Zenon Caravella.

"The aim is to make the top grade by the end of the season," Parker said.

"Everyone dreams of eventually getting a start in the national league but I reckon that's a long way off yet."

But everybody has to start somewhere to reach the top.

Parker takes his first steps in the next 48 hours at Belmore.



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