Young Sydney soccer star Lachlan Sepping has emerged as one of the players in the running to train with German Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund.
If confirmed, Sepping and two other yet to be-named juniors, would be the first beneficiaries of a partnership between Dortmund and Sydney's semi-professional Marconi Stallions FC.
The agreement is that three youth players from Marconi will train with Dortmund's youth team in Germany. Those players are being chosen jointly, by coaches from each club.
Stallions spokesman Antony Arena, confirmed Sepping was a likely pick.
“Lachlan is already in the junior Socceroos. He's 17 years of age but Borussia already know about him, they know how talented he is," he said.
When the long-term youth development and marketing coup was announced at the end of March, it sparked plenty of buzz over what it meant for Australian footballers wanting to play abroad.
The deal is obviously a boost for the four-time National Soccer League (NSL) Champions, with Dortmund staff to visit the Fairfield-based Club Marconi during school holidays, to train players and coaches.
Mr Arena says Marconi had actually turned down partnerships with Spanish La Liga side and current Champions League winners, Real Madrid, as well as French Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
"We turned down both of those because we believe that Borussia Dortmund’s program of developing particular talents suited... our philosophy," he said.
But it's not just about the players.
"The whole idea is that our coaches benefit from this too," he said. "It's about helping our coaching programs [to have access to] the most modern methods and most modern techniques."
Borussia Dortmund are highly regarded across Europe for developing and forming talent.
Current Top 5 goal-scorer in the Bundesliga, Marco Reus, played in Dortmund's youth squad. As did fellow first team player Mario Gotze and former team-mate Nuri Sahin.
The Stallions have also had great success developing national team players. Among them, the late Ian Gray, and Ufuk Talay, who's now the assistant coach of Sydney FC.
Mr Arena said he's confident the partnership will help develop great Australian talent: "coming to the surface... and becoming potential Socceroos. - Peter Oglos @OglosPeter