Sam Montgomery-Pittaway is about to take his first overseas trip - and he'll do it with the state colours on his back.
The Murray Bridge United under-16s player has been selected to play for South Australia at the Singa Cup, which markets itself as Asia's premier youth tournament.
The achievement was the result of years of practice and hard work - though he might not call it that - for the boy who took up the world game at the age of six, when he first played "roo ball".
His love of soccer now keeps him busy five days a week: he trains on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and plays for both Murray Bridge and Mount Barker United Crusaders, in the top under-15s division, every weekend.
In his down time, he also serves the game as a referee.
In recent months he had progressed from an Adelaide Hills representative carnival to the State Talent Identification Championships, playing in an under-14 country team against a city team.
From those two squads, players were chosen to represent South Australia in Singapore.
He now has only one more barrier to overcome: a broken toe, something which should only keep him out of action for a matter of weeks.
A little something like that won't keep him off the pitch for long.
"It's just brilliant," he said of the sport he loved.
"It's my way of expressing myself.
"It's a lot smarter game than AFL - you're not just running into other people, you've actually got to think more."
He and his mum Karen thanked the Murray Bridge council for its recent support, through a grant which will help the family cover the cost of attending the international tournament.
They are continuing to seek sponsorship.
The Singa Cup, or Singapore International Youth Cup, is a non football federation-affiliated tournament which has endeavoured to attract Asia's best junior talent each year since 2011.