FFA Cup keeper trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers

Teenage Aussie keeper Sam Whatman has gone from playing in the preliminary rounds of the Westfield FFA Cup to trialing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 192-cm tall Hervey Bay 18-year-old was handed a trial by the English Championship club after leaving Australia in June bound for Europe.

And on Saturday, Whatman was elevated to the bench for Wolves' U-21 side’ pre-season friendly against Margate FC.

“Still buzzing now about the experience,” he told www.theffacup.com.au. 

“I'll keep working hard and try to earn another call up.”

For FFA Cup fans in the Hervey Bay area of Queensland, Whatman is a familiar face having played for Hervey Bay United Warriors in their FFA Cup preliminary round run, facing the likes of Fraser Flames and others before his overseas adventure began in June.

And now despite sitting on the bench for Saturday’s game is hopeful of getting a chance to impress at Wolves.

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This is Whatman’s second trip overseas after heading to the UK and Germany in recent years on a Football Queensland tour.  

The former KSS Jets player has been tutored by former Arsenal and Portsmouth keeper Ron Tilsed in recent times.

Now armed with the visa and passport needed, he’s hopeful of cracking it in the UK.

Wolves U-21s play Rhyl FC on Tuesday in another friendly.