QPR's Komodikis dreams of Premier League

It’s rare for a modern-day footballer not to come through an academy system from a young age. But every now and then there’s an exception, a player that breaks the trend.

Andreas Komodikis is on his way to becoming a Premier League footballer, having played Sunday league football just three years previously.

The 18-year-old winger has taken an unusual route to professional football and now plays for Championship promotion-chasers QPR.

But at the age of 15, his dream of having a career in football looked unlikely as he played at Sunday league level.
He had previously dealt with rejection from a Premier League club’s academy after starting life at Tottenham Hotspur as an eight-year-old in a development squad.

The QPR youngster is hoping for his shot at the big time.‘I was at the development centre training once a week. I would play there for two months and then go for a trial,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

‘Then I’d carry on in the development centre and have another trial. This went on for about four years.

‘So I kept going there until I was put forward for a six-week trial. I felt I did really well and impressed the people watching.

‘But after the six-week trial, I was told that I was good but I wasn’t good enough.’

It says a lot about Komodikis’ character that he didn’t throw in the towel there and then. While others would have given up on their dream, he felt that his rejection had a double meaning.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/12/29/from-sunday-league-to-the-premier-league-queens-park-rangers-andreas-komodikis-hopes-so-5588748/#ixzz3vnutmjAM

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