Melbourne City youngster Denis Genreau’s story shows you never know what lies around the corner.
He turns 18 in May, has three A-League appearances to his name and recently signed a three-year deal.
Genreau was born in Paris.
His parents Sophie and Marc went on their honeymoon to Australia which led to them deciding to reside down under when he was just two-years-old.
Orignally growing up in Adelaide, the teenager says he is proud of his season so far with two games off the bench against Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners.
He lasted 90 minutes against Brisbane Roar in February.
“It’s always been my goal to play professional football,” Genreau said.
“I’ve always told myself ‘that’s what I’m going to do, that’s the only thing I’m going to do in my life as well as prioritising education.
“But it’s my primary goal. To become a footballer, so I always believed in myself that I could become a footballer, but to make the steps I’ve made. As quick as I have, I’m very proud of myself and also I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far.”
Former coach John van’t Schip said he backed Genreau and believed he showed a lot of promise after his debut.
Genreau was involved in City’s youth side who were crowned NYL champions in January.
He said he did felt blessed for his career so far as well as being in a team with Tim Cahill and Bruno Fornaroli.
“The encouragement they (the senior players) give me and I’m just continuing,” he said. “Even through training I’m just improving every day and it’s awesome to get a bit of a taste of the A-League.
“He’s (van’t Schip) gave them (youngsters) a chance this season, he didn’t tell me specifically I was going to play or anything like that… just training well, think I had potential.
“He thought ‘why not? We’ll give him a shot’ and that’s attitude but he didn’t really tell me anything particular.”
Genreau is in Year 12 at Scotch College and has ambitions of studying Arts at Melbourne University upon graduation.
City also secured the professional services of teenagers Dylan Pieiras and James Delianov on multi-year deals.
The newly-signed trio helped deliver a clinic with young community leaders demonstrating practical football skills and providing healthy lifestyle tips to 25 young players in Fitzroy on Thursday.
Genreau could feature in City’s clash against Sydney FC on Saturday night after being included in the club’s extended squad.
The French-Aussie was also ambitiousabout his goals for the next three years.
“By 20 I’d be hoping to play week in and week out," he said. "Hopefully next season as well, consistently in the squad, consistently pushing for a starting XI spot, that’s my goal.”