A CARLOWAY teenager is heading to France to take part in a prestigious international football tournament after penning a deal with Ross County’s under 17 side, writes Eric Mackinnon.
Eachainn Miller, who turned 15 at the weekend, has been travelling to Dingwall for regular training sessions with the SPL side and penned a short-term deal with the club recently.
And as an official member of the Ross County under 17 side Eachainn has been named as part of the squad set to travel to Lille at the end of the month.
Eachainn and his County team mates will cross footballing swords with clubs from France and Denmark in their group and they would meet any of a number of other sides should they qualify from their section.
It is a huge opportunity for the talented teen who has been starring in the midfield for both Western Thistle under 16s and his school team at the Nicolson Institute this season while also making the cross-Minch trip with Ross County.
“I’ve been over four times so far since my first trip in October,” explained Eachainn.
“I was invited over after they saw me playing for the North of Scotland Schools where Ross Tokely (Ross County’s under 15-coach) saw me.
“As well as training I’ve played one game for Ross County in a match against Brora Rangers under 17s. It has been an excellent experience and it is something I’m really enjoying and hopefully I can keep doing well.”
With fellow Nicolson Institute pupils Colin Maclean and James Macleod also catching the attention of mainland scouts this season with Brora Rangers and with Martin Maclean being lured to the Highland League, again with Brora, it shows that geography is no barrier to talent.
While Eachainn has penned a short-term deal with County until the end of the season who knows how long that could be extended with a starring role on the continent for the club this month.
We all wish him the very best of luck as he flies the flag for the isles against such illustrious opposition.