Aussie Reagan Ogle thinks it was well worth moving half way around the world to try his luck in English football after securing his first professional contract with Stanley.
The full back, now 18, has come through the youth ranks at the Wham Stadium after swapping Australia for Accrington as a boy.
He’s pleased that his gamble has paid off and that he’s been able to prove himself.
“It’s a big step up from playing in Australia and being a pro from Australia is a bit more prestigious I think because football isn’t the main sport over there so to come over here and mix it with the English kids who have been playing their whole life is a great feeling,” he said.
“I had a friend who came over here and I’d been to school with his daughter and he suggested I came over to see how I’d do. We didn’t really think anything would come of it but it was good to see how I compared to English kids and English football. When Accrington gave me the chance more or less straight away I wanted to give it a go. I thought if it didn’t work I’d go home a better player than I was. Getting a scholarship was great but once that had happened I wanted to be a pro.”
Ogle made his League Two debut as a late sub in the last home game of the season after a successful loan spell with non-league Ramsbottom United.
He could see a path to senior setup from getting involved with the under 18’s and was keen to seize his chance.
“Having been at the club for a few years as I have when you get into the youth team you think that it could happen in terms of going pro and if you have a good season or two it becomes more realistic because you’re training with the first team and you know that’s what you want to do,” he explained. “As soon as you get that feeling you want that contract and once you get it it’s a great feeling.
“In the first year of the youth team I wasn’t really thinking about a contract, more about having a good season then in the second year I started playing quite well, went out on loan and that helped and when I came back there were clubs looking at me and I felt like I had a shot.
“When you get on the first team bench for the first time it’s something else. It’s completely different.”