BRIGHT FUTURE: Gympie based Sunshine Coast Fire player Eligh Williams has secured a scholarship with The Southport School.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Gympie based Sunshine Coast Fire player Eligh Williams has secured a scholarship with The Southport School. Tom Daunt

Gympie's gun keeper set for glory

FOOTBALL: Gympie based Sunshine Coast Fire star Eligh Williams is one step closer to realising his dream of playing professional football after accepting a scholarship to The Southport School.

The gun keeper and year 11 student will head to the Gold Coast tomorrow to start an intensive training regime at one of the state's most prestigious soccer nurseries.

Williams made his debut for the Fire last season and credits the quality of competition as a factor in his recent success.

"The Fire (experience) was extremely good," Williams told The Gympie Times before his departure tomorrow.

"The step up (from the local competition) was massive and it was a good challenge."

Touted as one of the best keepers his age, Williams said he is ready to take the next step and said he is not scared of the challenge.

The GPS competition incorporates school sport royalty.

Nudgee College, TSS and Brisbane Grammar regularly receive hundreds, if not thousands of spectators to their games and are regarded as some of the best sporting schools in the country.

Williams said he has been training solidly in preparation for the move, sighting a strong work ethic as key to surviving the cut.

"I train non-stop.

"I always believe when one door closes another one opens."