Western Pride’s Corey Lucas has bowled to English cricket captain Alistair Cook and defended against FIFA World Cup striker Rory Fallon and now his unique sporting story has gained a national audience.
Lucas stars in the latest episode of Fox Sport’s ‘Ones’ to Watch’, an eight-part series profiling up-and-coming PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues stars from around the country.
The series, seen during Fox Sports Westfield FFA Cup coverage and PlayStation Australia’s YouTube channel, reveals how each players’ history, community and club have helped them strive to work towards their footballing dreams.
Lucas has had a rapid rise to the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues, jumping up from Ipswich-based fifth-tiered side Western Spirit to join Pride at the start of the season.
Pride’s new central defender announced himself with a bang, scoring 4 set-piece goals in his first 5 PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues games.
The 20-year old was also a state representative junior cricketer who was asked to net bowl to the Australian and English sides ahead of a Brisbane Ashes Test.
‘Ones To Watch’ presenter and Fox Sports football personality Adam Peacock said Lucas’s all-round sporting prowess made him an easy choice for the series.
“It’s a unique one because of the cricket background and because of the fact he steps straight from (playing football) in the park with his mates here in Ipswich to play in the best football competition inside Queensland, A-League excepted,” Peacock said.
“He’s got so much upside given his relative inexperience you can imagine if he’s performing at this level now where he might be in 2 to 3 years’ time given the right kind of development pathway thrust in front of him.”
Lucas, like all players who feature on ‘Ones To Watch’, is also eligible for the PS4 NPL Player Pathway Award, a new competition to assist young footballers a chance to be identified by Hyundai A-League clubs.
Three PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland players aged between 16 and 20 will join others from around the country to participate in an end-of-season training camp in Sydney.
One player at the camp will win the PS4 NPL Player Pathway Award and a trial with Sydney FC.
Lucas is one of 10 Pride eligible for the award, with the three Queensland representatives to be selected based on league form this season.
Words: Garry McKenzie