AMBITIOUS Valentine footballer Dominic Bizzarri flew to South America on Thursday and by the year’s end hopes the world game has opened a career for him in Italy.
Bizzarri, 18, will spend the next three weeks touring Brazil and Argentina with the Australian Schoolboys side, along with goalkeeper and Jets youth team member Nicholas Hartnett.
The Australian Schoolboys will play seven games, including a match against the academy side of iconic Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors.
Boca have produced some of Argentina’s greatest footballers, including Diego Maradona and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
‘‘Representing Australia will be a good experience and definitely a goal I’ve always wanted to achieve,’’ Bizzarri said.
‘‘I’m pretty happy playing against a club like Boca, especially as they’ve had plenty of great prospects come out of that club and we’re playing their academy.’’
The left back started last Northern NSW State League season with Valentine Phoenix before he was snapped up by the Jets youth side.
Bizzarri was not required for the Jets youth side once the A-League started and is now focused on making a move to Italy.
A trial with Perugia, who play in the third tier, has
been organised for July.
‘‘When I come back from Australian Schoolboys I’ll go to university, but I’m still going to aim for that [Perugia],’’ he said.
‘‘I haven’t really decided on a state league club yet, but I’ll definitely be playing most of the games until July when I ship out to Italy.
‘‘I’ll definitely play to keep my football touch.’’