Photo: Jeremy Walker has signed with VPL club Oakleigh Cannons [PlessPix]
Ulverstone youngster Jeremy Walker has been signed by Victorian Premier League club Oakleigh Cannons.
Another Tasmanian, Billy Gasparinatos, also plays for Oakleigh.
Former South Hobart and University goalkeeper Neil Young had a brief stint at the club some seasons ago after he moved to Victoria to study.
Walker, a scholarship holder with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport/National Training Centre, had been expected to play with Kingborough Lions United in the Southern Tasmanian Premier League this year.
But, he recently attended a trial for Melbourne Heart’s youth team and this led to him being signed by Oakleigh.
Heart will enter the A-League Youth competition for the first time in June for the 2011-12 season and, depending on the outcome of his trial, Walker may be part of their set-up.
In the meantime, he will play with Oakleigh Cannons and await the outcome of his trial.
He is back in Tasmania now but returns to Melbourne next week.
Last month, Walker spent two weeks with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and, after that, Oakleigh coach Arthur Papas agreed to sign the youngster for his club.
Walker was a standout player at the 2008 Under-15 Nationals and won a scholarship with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.
In 2009, he was voted top player in the Southern Tasmanian Premier Under-19s competition and was named in the top 16 players at the National Training Centre Challenge.
Last year, Walker was selected in the Top 15 of Foxtel’s Football Superstar program and spent three weeks training in Brisbane with the Brisbane Roar. Injury forced him to leave the program.
His ultimate ambition is to earn an A-League contract.