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Seiloni arrives in England

Iaruel have been invited by Stoke City for the biggest trial of his life and wants to win if he wants to play professional football like the top players in World Football.
“Welcome to UK Seilonie Iaruel,” from Stoke City FC Academy Recruitment Manager Kevin Scott and David Jarvies.
“Seiloni’s ten days trial at Stoke City training begins on Monday at the club’s training ground.” Said Kevin Scott.
“We are very happy to have a player from the Pacific islands.” We have players from whole over the world and to have some one small country like Vanuatu is very encouraging because when you look like top players like Ronaldo and Nani, they come from very small villages in Portugal and Brazil and today they play professional football.”
“For Seiloni, he can play in Europe if he do well in his trial with our goal keeper coach Danny.” concluded Stoke City Academy Recruitment Manager Kevin Scott.
Today Seiloni had the chance to visit Stoke City’s Academy with his club President Saby Natonga. They visited Stoke’s Premier League team training ground, their changing room and players boots room.
The teenage custodian earned the chance to try his luck in England after impressing Australia-based Stoke City agent Andrew Parkes on a trip to Brisbane in March with the Vanuatu U-23 team, who were preparing for the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier at the time.
If the Tafea player does manage to put pen to paper with either club, he is likely to find a degree of fame and fortune unheard of for any other Ni-Vanuatu footballer.
He would become the third player to enter the professional ranks since the Pacific’s finest players were on show at the OFC Nations Cup in June, following in the footsteps of Solomon Islands’ Benjamin Totori and New Caledonia’s Georges Gope-Fenepej, who signed with Wellington Phoenix and French Ligue 1 side ESTAC Troyes respectively.
Iaruel is aware the odds are stacked against him but, given his rapid rise through the ranks to the top of Oceania football, few would bet against him pulling off the seemingly impossible.
He first played for Vanuatu in the national U-15 team at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore two years ago and has gone on to progress through the ranks, representing his country at U-17, U-20 and U-23 level before being called up to the senior squad.
Capping that remarkable rise off with a professional contract would be a memorable moment indeed.

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