Apr 4 2013 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
A YOUNG footballer is set to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham after signing with a US soccer side.
Alex Clarke, 22, of Alexandra Road, Crosby, is set to play for the St Louis Lions in the USL Premier Development League.
The former St Mary's College pupil, who previously turned out for Marine FC, is now hoping he will be spotted by one of the bigger US clubs so he can fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
“The opportunity really helps me reinforce the whole decision to come to the States in the first place,” said Alex, who was awarded a scholarship from Holy Cross College in Indiana in 2011.
Funding his move to America was a struggle for Alex and his family.
He said: “I worked in a hotel in order to try and save up as much money as I could and used to work 10 to 12 hour shifts every day. When I finished, it would be close to midnight and I would go running along the beach in order to get myself as fit as I could before returning home and getting up early the next morning to do it all again.”
Alex was also helped by Blundellsands footballer Jamie Carragher, who sponsored the student through his 23 Foundation after Alex helped raise money for the Liverpool defender’s charity.
“I received extremely generous sponsorship from Jamie's foundation and I have been in regular contact with the foundation from the day I left for the US.”
A 23 Foundation spokesperson said: “Alex’s dream has always been to play football at the highest level and playing in the US has given him the opportunity to make his goal a reality.”
Despite rumours that bigger Stateside clubs are also interested in him, Alex is staying level-headed.
“It’s now more important than ever that I keep my feet on the ground,” he added.