Australian striker Anthony Roulston has flown more than 10,000 miles to follow his dream and launch a football career with Bury Town.
The 19-year-old — who was a youth-team player at Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar and most recently at fourth-tier club North Pine — has proven to be a pre-season hit with the Blues in the northern hemisphere.
He scored an excellent goal in Bury’s 4-2 win at Walsham-le-Willows and followed it up with an even better one against Colchester United Under-21s, prompting the Suffolk side to offer the teenager a deal.
“I’ve given them everything and I was really happy when they asked me to sign,” said Roulston, who may miss the Blues’ season opener at East Thurrock United tomorrow (3pm) because he is still awaiting international clearance. “Football is my life — I love playing it, it’s everything to me.
“I wanted to give it a good crack, so I came to England to see what football is like over here.”
The ambitious youngster came to England by himself and has been lodging in London with his cousin and then his cousin’s friend.
He started emailing clubs from the very top of the English game and although only two replied, Bury were suitably impressed to turn his trial period into an offer to be a part of the Blues’ strikeforce.
The Ram Meadow-based outfit’s frontline already includes John Sands — last season’s leading marksman in the Ryman Premier — and ex-Football League player Richard Logan, but the Australian is confident he can leave his mark.
“Playing alongside Loges, I’m learning a bit from him,” said Roulston. “I feel I can fit in the side well and try to fulfil what Sandsy did last season.
“If I even get half the goals he did, I’ll be happy — I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
Roulston joins a group of teenagers at the club who are ready to thrive in the Ryman League this season, with Joe Whight having joined from Ipswich Town and the likes of midfielder Ross Bailey and attacking players Liam Wales and Ryan Taylor hoping to force their way into Wilkins’ plans from feeder side Team Bury.
Bury (from): Bailey, Bridges, Bullard, Clark, Dunbar, Fenner, Kennedy, Logan, Reed, Roulston, Sands, Semple, Taylor, Wales, Whight.