Young midfielder looking to join Eastern Suburbs in quest for national U-20 selection

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A UK-based midfielder says he’s considering a move to New Zealand in January with the intention of playing his way into the national side going to next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

Joe Jeremiah (19) was born in New Plymouth but has lived in England since he was four, and has learned his football at Cheltenham Town, the Newport County academy, Forest Green Rovers and Gloucester City, who play in the sixth-tier National League North.

Main photo: Joe Jeremiah … considering a move to New Zealand.

Now on loan to Southern League Division One South club Bishop’s Cleeve, Jeremiah has told GloucestershireLive he’s been invited to join Northern League club Eastern Suburbs in January.

“Their manager (Kane Wintersgill) spoke to me about pre-season dates, how I play and that it’ll be a good chance for them to have a proper look at me,” Jeremiah said.

Since joining Gloucester City last year as a midfielder, he’s been playing in a back three role at Bishop’s Cleeve.

“I’ve been told the manager at Eastern Suburbs sees me as a box-to-box midfielder, but playing in defence for Cleeve is all good for my learning.

“Having a chance to play at a World Cup would be a great achievement and something I’d be excited to experience, so moving down there in January will give me the best opportunity and I can see some family who are still living in Auckland too.”

By chance, he’s currently sharing a dressing room with striker Ross Langworthy, a former Eastern Suburbs and North Shore United player who signed for Bishop’s Cleeve in early November.

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