A County Longford teeenager’s hopes of breaking into the upper ranks of professional soccer took a giant step forward this week following his call up to a prestigious training camp with German giants, Bayern Munich.
Fifteen-year-old Sean Costello was one of four Irish teenagers chosen to attend the much vaunted five day Allianz Junior Football Camp at the home of the former European champions, next month.
The talented midfelder, who plies his trade with local club Camlin Utd, received official confirmation whilst on holiday with his family in Spain.
“I didn’t believe it at first,” he explained earlier this week. “I was shocked and surprised, but now I can’t wait, it’s all I have been thinking about.”
It’s not known what may have sealed Sean’s place on the Irish team, but it is believed scouts may have spotted the enterprising youngster in an underage Kennedy Cup tournament organised by the FAI earlier this season.
Such is the modesty of the courteous St Mel’s transition year student, Sean has yet to inform some of his closest friends about the news .
“I haven’t really told anyone to be honest, just a few people,” he admitted.
Well known for his energy and combative nature in the centre of midfield, Sean has also earned the reputation of being a noted utility player in recent months, enjoying stints at opposite ends of the pitch for Camlin Utd.
But it is the fact Sean will join dozens of up and coming stars from 16 different countries, many of whom hail from world football heavyweights such as Brazil and Portugal, which has impressed his team mates whilst leaving his parents, Shay and Sarah immensely proud.
“We are just so pleased for him,” said Sean’s father Shay and proprietor of Costello’s Nursing Home in Lanesboro. “He is very dedicated, he never misses a training session and has a really positive attitude about him.”
The five day training camp, which takes place from August 17-21, will also see Sean and his three fellow Irish compatriots take in the Bayern Munich v Hamburger SV clash inside the 69,000 seater Allianz Arena at the end of their eagerly awaited excursion.