Seven years ago, Daniel Wilmering was a ballboy for Western Sydney Wanderers first A-League match. This season he's vying to line up for the first XI on a two year scholarship.
A foundation member, Wilmering was a ball boy at every home game for two and half seasons before joining the Wanderers Academy in 2016 and has since played in the National Premier League 2 and Y-League.
The 18 year old defender made his A-League debut in Round 22’s away match in Wellington last season, coming on as a substitute in the 95th minute.
Wilmering said he was grateful for the opportunities he has been given and can’t wait to learn from the first team.
“The first people I told were my parents because of all the sacrifices and dedication they had put into my career so far and it was very emotional,” said Wilmering.
"It was very rewarding for them to see how far I had come."
He added: “We’ve been fans since the club had started, so every game we went to I enjoyed the passion of the fans and I know what this club means to the fans and the community of Western Sydney.
“At the moment, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from the senior players, Markus (head coach Markus Babbel), JP (assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marginy) and Labinot (assistant coach Labinot Haliti).”