Thursday, August 2, 2007
9 year old Rhain Davis off to Manchester United
RHAIN Davis went to Manchester in pursuit of his dream. Yesterday he was the toast of all England.
The nine-year-old Australian boy came to the attention of soccer giant Manchester United after his grandfather sent the club DVD footage of him.
The Sun newspaper already thinks highly of his prospects, promoting him to the front page, his story read by 10 million people.
The story was then detailed inside Britain's biggest selling newspaper on pages normally reserved for serious news - pages four and five.
"Wonder kid Rhain Davis was signed by Manchester United after stunned scouts viewed a DVD featuring his mesmerising skills," it said.
By the fifth paragraph, however, the Poms had already begun the groundwork to claim him as their own.
"And the good news is that he could one day play for England as he has a UK passport through his mother's side," it said.
The extraordinary treatment from The Sun is unprecedented for a boy so young.
The front page lead hailed Rhain as a new Wayne Rooney, revealing his skills have been posted on YouTube and claiming they had already been seen by more than three million people.
The video footage uploaded shows Rhain has already perfected the samba-style stepover, popularised by Man United superstar Christiano Ronaldo, as well as displaying a tight control of the ball almost unheard of in a player so young.
Rhain's talents have also spread to clubs beyond Manchester United.
There is a poll of talent in Papua New Guinea's remote areas. Consider Marcus Bai as example or Toea Wisil to be another one. If only we can get scouts out to the remote areas and watch these kids play.....you'd be amazed how many of them make it in the big league.