FORMER Northern Storm footballer Riley Dillon is a walking, talking encouragement for any young player seeking to excel.
Riley played club football at Korora just like other kids his age but got that first big chance when called in to the Northern NSW team to play at the 2010 National Youth Championships.
Moving to the Gold Coast to further his education, Riley linked up with top club Palm Beach Sharks and just a few days back found himself playing in the big time.
"Riley received a great opportunity and was listed in the squad for the FFA Cup match to take on the Central Coast Mariners," North Coast Football media director Terry Allen revealed.
"I suppose the family are not really locals anymore but it's a real good story for our juniors.
"Riley's success gives local kids a bit of a boost to know that's where they could end up in such a short time."
There was no fairytale as the Mariners trounced the Sharks 5-0 but it shows there's another kid from the Coffs Coast slowly climbing the ladder to sporting success.