Last week’s NPL talent radar focused on Victoria with four names to watch.

This week, we head north and spotlight three top talents, starting with a sublime NPL striker who has become a viral sensation and could be mistaken for a surfer.

Jez Lofthouse

Club: Olympic FC
Age: 19
Position: Forward

Lofthouse (left, blue shirt)

You can’t miss Jez. He’s the NPL Messi!

A few stunning goals for Olympic in the last year have lit up social media.

Long blond hair and smashing goals, the lightly built attacker has garnered a hefty reputation in Queensland’s NPL.

Many believe Lofthouse is the best attacking talent outside the A-League.

The question is: does this talented kid want it? If he does, he could easily step up and make a big name for himself.


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He’s already had interest from two A-League clubs for youth team contracts but remains to play senior football with Olympic where he’s learning each week.

He’s in a professional environment playing regularly under head coach Ben Cahn and learning off former Socceroo Shane Stefanutto and former A-League midfielder Alex Smith.

Lofthouse could make that next step and become a cult hero. Let’s hope for the A-League’s sake that happens.