Nic Railz: FCV Academy’s latest recruit no stranger to travel
Nic Railz recently joined the FCV Academy as part of the winter short course, and he has made the journey all the way from Sydney, Australia, to do so
It’s not his first pilgrimage in the search of furthering his footballing career, though – this is a young man hell bent on making it in the game.
Hailing from Dubbo, a city in the west of New South Wales, Railz relocated 250 miles to chase his dream, signing for Sydney FC and attending the highly-reputable Bossley Park High School.
It was at school where Railz met Ben Watts, when FCV’s Head of Talent Development paid a visit in search of youngsters who possess the hunger and desire which Railz has.
And Lincolnshire then became his home, as the youngster decided to sign up for an FCV short course.
“My main goal is to earn a professional contract at whatever level that may be,” he said.
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to get to where I am now. There’s always been a lot of travelling involved with my football career but it doesn't faze me.
“Ben held a number of training sessions with my school coach through the academy, before showing us information about FCV. I was interested immediately.
“There was no trial as such, but Ben was at school for the whole week identifying and establishing talent. FCV struck me as a very professional set-up, but still friendly, and that very much appeals to me.
“It wasn’t much of a decision at all to decide to come here, the most important thing for me is the experience I’ll gain.”
With distance not being an issue, Railz has had to deal with a variety of other elements in order to settle in Lincolnshire – the weather and style of play being the stand-out two.
He’s left behind the constant sunshine and rock hard pitches for the UK’s rain, ice, snow and mud. Even the 3G pitches are pretty new to the Australian.
The physicality of the British game has been a learning point for the self-proclaimed ball-playing defender, who is keen to impress during his short time on these shores.
“In Australia, the game isn’t quite as physical and the tempo is completely different,” he added.
“There are a huge number of differences between the Australian and the UK game. Pitches are a big one for me. We’re used to having matches or training cancelled if it rains, purely due to the lack of grass on the fields and the fact that not everyone has access to a 3G pitch.
“I’m really enjoying my time here – I’ve had a great taste of the weather already and the accommodation is top class.
“I appreciate the fact that the atmosphere can be a bit more laid-back at times, whilst still being professional. Everyone knows what they need to do to succeed. In Australia, sometimes it can be incredibly intense so it’s nice to try a different approach.
“There’s definitely more freedom here, even though you’re still sticking to the set ideas and philosophies, and I think this is something I thrive off.”