Louis feels comfortable mixing it with European football elite

Remember the name Louis Appere because the chances are you'll be hearing a lot of it over the next few years.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 4:40 pm
Updated Friday, 10th June 2016, 11:27 am
Louis Appere
Louis Appere

The 17-year-old Dunshalt school pupil is turning heads with his performances on the football field with one European giant taking more than a keen interest in securing his signature.

Appere, who has risen through the ranks at Cupar’s AMsoccer Club, recently returned from a three day trial at AS Roma.

Domestically there are offers on the table, too, with a modern apprenticeship at Scottish Championship club Raith Rovers being mulled over by the teen.

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But it’s the trial at the Serie A club which has attracted the headlines across Scotland this week.

Louis said: “Austin MacPhee (AMsoccer Club founder) has been in quite close contact with AS Roma for a while, looking at possible links.

“I’ve been looking at getting into a football scholarship so put a video together which Austin asked them if they’d be interested in seeing.

“They were, and I was asked to go across to train with them.

“The players were all at a really high standard as you can imagine at a club that size.

“But I thought I did well and certainly didn’t feel out of place.”

The trial gave the local teenager a real taste of what it’s like to live and train as a young footballer at a top class club.

Eating, training and doing the right things off the park are all high on the club’s agenda.

“The facilities were really good,” said Louis, who last season played for AMsoccer’s mens side as well as appearing for Raith Rovers development team.

“We met for breakfast and then trained later on from around 3.30p.m. until 5.00p.m.

“The drills were all very technical, focusing on passing and skill on the ball.

“The atmosphere was quite relaxed.”

Bell Baxter pupil Louis is back in Scotland now where he is nervously awaiting his exam results before planning his next move.

He made his breakthrough last year, starting the season at youth level before ending it at the Serie A club.

“I started playing at my age group with AMsoccer’s 99s,” he said.

“Then I played with Raith Rovers under 20s before eventually with the AMsoccer adult side.”