Amir Ajaj aiming to improve at the FCV Academy
FCV Academy's short courses provide the perfect platform for aspiring young footballers to get a taste of life in the professional environment.
Amir Ajaj is one of the new crop of players to arrive at Borderville for the first short course of 2017, and he's travelled some distance to be here after making his way over from the other side of the world – Australia.
“Ben [Watts, FCV coach] has a friend out in Australia who used to coach me. He called Ben; Ben called me, and everything came together from there.
“It's going pretty well so far – I'm enjoying the football and loving it at FCV.”
Ajaj started out playing football Down Under at the age of seven, and hasn't stopped since, representing his state team and a number of other clubs as he worked his way up through the age groups.
But life at the Academy is a different test altogether, and he's relishing the challenge that football on this side of the world brings.
“Here, the coaches are better. They know how to coach more, they understand the game more, and really know how to get the best out of you.
“The standard of football is higher too. It's stronger, quicker, better overall, but I'm adapting well and I'm getting used to it.”
Ajaj performed well on his debut in FCV's first game of the New Year, getting half an hour under his belt and impressing in the 3-3 draw with the Find A Jewel talent agency, run by former Premier League footballer Julian Joachim.
There will be plenty more game time before the short course comes to an end in mid-February, but the winger, who can also slot into the number 10 role, is hoping to extend his stay beyond that date.
“I'm aiming to improve as a player while I'm here, getting stronger, faster and improving my understanding of the game.
“I might be staying a bit longer though. My goal is to hopefully get a scholarship here and then take it from there – so we'll see!”