Former Whyalla boy and Westland United player Lachie Barr has realised a life-long dream by signing a professional contract with English club Bradford City for the coming soccer season
The league one club, managed by former Rangers and Everton legend Stuart McCall, only missed out on promotion to the championship last season, were impressed by his recent trial with the club and added him to their first team list.
Soccer has always run deep in the Barr family, with father Mark a former goalkeeper and outfield player with the Red Devils, where his brother Callum is a first team centre half and multiple league champion.
Lachie spent his juniors at the club rising through the grades before winning the A grade Whyalla News medal as a 16 year old, stints with the Adelaide United youth squad and White City Woodville followed before setting off to Europe to chase his dream.
He found himself in Berlin playing in the lower leagues of German football, selling coffee and ice creams to make ends meet.
It's taken him up until now and a lot of dedication to finally get his foot in the doorMark Barr
His coach then set him up with a trial in England at Bradford City and his years of hard work had finally paid off.
Lachie's father Mark says: “the whole family is really proud of him, it's taken him up until now and a lot of dedication to finally get his foot in the door, hopefully he does well. Myself and Jan are going to get across there and watch him play.”
Outside of soccer, Lachie is studying sports science which he started in Adelaide and hopes to get a degree .
Mark says there are a lot of people who need to be thanked in the Whyalla soccer community such as Lachie's coaches Gary Paine, Glynn Shaw and Andy Mitchell, with worthy mentions also to John Muscio and late referee Bill Paterson.
Let's hope Lachie can follow in the footsteps of other Whyalla soccer stars Yakka Banovic and Carl Veart and make his mark in England's tough soccer leagues. We wish him all the best.