Ever since being signed by Premier League giant, Chelsea FC, at the tender age of 12 expectations surrounding George Mells have followed. At the age of 10, he was already a reported target of Premier League clubs and had high ambitions of his own.
“I want to play for Australia in the 2018 World Cup,” a 10 year old Mells said.
The youth international for both Australia and Greece, who is still only 17 years old, has faced many ups and downs already from the highs of joining a Premier League giant and international football to injuries and home sickness. Living in a host family situation since his early teens has forced the former Brunswick City junior to mature quickly.
The latest challenge faced by the Coerver Academy graduate is his biggest yet. A private family matter has made the young player consider carefully his next step from here with a return to Australia being very much on the cards most likely via a loan deal.
With time on his side, he believes he can continue his development as a player in Australia without jeopardising a future in Europe down the line.
Life at Chelsea under Michael Beale started out as a ‘number 10′ for the former Joey, but due to his passing range and calmness on the ball he has evolved into more of a ‘number 8′ since joining the renowned Southampton Academy at 14 years of age.
Known from an early age as a hard worker dedicated to perfecting his skills, President of Brunswick City, George Koutoulis, described Mells to Neo Kosmos “as a keen player, who was always extremely focused on his training and on improving his skills on the field.”
Coerver Melbourne named a scholarship after the Pascoe Vale youngster to honour his achievements as well as the way he represented their core values.
“When George first joined our program it was with our holiday clinic program which soon followed on to skills clinic and finally the Academy program that same year,” Mells’ former Coerver coach, Dieter Svoboda, said.
“From a group consisting of 7, 8 and 9’s George was only 6 years old but could match it with all the Coerver kids. As the months went on you could tell that he was working very hard at home with his practices as he showed remarkable improvement over the others.
“We could see that George had the determination and character at this young age to take him a long way and progress into the highest levels of the game.”
The talented midfielder recently spent time in Holland. Reports even had him signing with Dutch giants Feyenoord. However, there is nothing set in stone and the youngster will be returning to Australia over the Christmas and New Years holidays with some interest from clubs back in his home country.
The A-League is already in full swing and many of the rosters have been filled, so it remains to be seen who the player nominated last season by Chelsea as the Southampton junior to watch could end up with.