Though by rights, the pacy attacking midfielder should be a professional footballer in the A-League.

Instead, he’s a semi-pro in Victoria’s NPL, working days and training nights.

Happily, for the intelligent 27-year-old, he’s content with how life has panned out.

Blumgart, however, like so many talents in this country, has been squeezed out by lack of opportunity in the A-League, forced to grind it out in the NPL or chase contracts overseas as trialists.

For Blumgart’s generation of Australian talents, a second division may have come too late for a final last chance at professional football.

The attacking midfielder will be around 30 years of age when the mooted second professional league - dubbed the Championship - kicks off in the next two or three years. 

His story, however, is depressingly familiar.

He was on the cusp of making it in the A-League but that pro deal never eventuated (at Melbourne Heart), and he dropped down to the NPL.

And yes, he’s a talent.

The guru of coaching Ron Smith was so impressed, he selected him as one of the four Australasian talents for Nike’s Chance 2011. 

And in London for the global finals, a team of world-class coaches picked up on his talent and identified him as a potential professional.

Nike’s The Chance was a global search for unsigned, young talent with 100 trial winners from 47 countries – including Australia and New Zealand - gathering for four days of training in London next month.

Australasia's four Nike Chance winners in 2011, from left Niko Matic, Tom Rogic, Tom Doyle and Alon Blumgart

They were assessed for eight professional contracts at the Nike Academy in London where they’d learn from top-level coaches, train like pros and play a full season of football in the UK under the eyes of EPL scouts.