FOOTBALL: Sunshine Coast teenager Kobe Fuller has linked with the Central Coast Mariners, where he is set to play with the A-League club's youth side.
The talented striker, who impressed with the Sunshine Coast Fire in the State League this year, is regarded as a livewire who takes chances.
Daniel Carew, who helps players link with significant clubs, believed the 17-year-old has the potential to make a career out of the game.
"He's a very direct footballer,” he said. "He's two-footed and very creative.”
"I think he's got all that attributes to be a professional footballer, definitely.”
Fuller first went to a Mariners camp last year, with fellow Coast talent Jacob Fulluck.
"He really impressed and has really come out of his shell (since then) and has become quite a big player,” Carew said.
The club invited him to come back so he did and they offered him a training spot to start with but, following a chat with then-assistant John Hutchinson, decided to stay on the Coast for 2016, when he could concentrate on school and get some experience playing against men in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.
Now, he's linking with the club in earnest.
One of the most distinctive traits of Fuller is his approach to the game.
"The biggest thing when he went down there (before) was that he wasn't too scared to mix it up with the first team boys,” Carew said.
"He was getting on the ball. He was just getting at them. There was no fear in the kid, which is a good thing.
"A lot of kids go in there nervous and make mistakes but he was comfortable getting on the ball with first team players in and around him.”
And he put his skills on the line.
"He was keen to try and mix it up and not just do the safe options; he was keen to try and beat players and take risks so I think he's going to be exciting.”
Carew, the head coach of local club Beegees, said the Brisbane Roar had a chance to secure the youngster's services.
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