Friday 16th June 2017
Soccer Success Down Under
Former John Leggott College student Sam Orritt has signed a contract to play for Mornington Soccer Club in Australia.
Whilst at College Sam studied BTEC Sport Performance & Excellence and Applied Leisure Studies and also played in an attacking role for the JLC Mens Football team.
“It was great playing for the College team with lads I’d known all through school and who were all decent players.”
After excelling for the College and Rotherham United youth teams Sam managed to secure a scholarship to play soccer stateside at Limestone College, South Carolina. During his time in the USA, strong performances in the NCAA DII brought All-American Honourable Mentions. The All-American system gives recognition to the strongest players in each division, selection only being given to players that have consistently performed to a high standard throughout the whole season.
“I loved my time there and had some of my best seasons so far playing for Limestone”, commented Sam.
Following a successful trial in the summer after graduating from Limestone College, Sam signed with Cowdenbeath FC who were at the time competing in League One of Scottish football. After a short time North of the Border, Sam moved back to England and spent a year plying his trade in midfield for Bishop Auckland.
During his time with the lower league outfit, Sam was offered the chance to move further afield once more. After a successful trial with Coastal Spirit FC Sam made a flying start to the season, scoring 7 goals. This purple patch caught the eye of Mornington Soccer Club who were quick to snap up the 24 year old goal-scoring midfielder.
Sam has settled in quickly with his new teammates; several other Mornington SC players hail from the Scunthorpe area so despite being on the other side of the world there are strong links to home.
Everyone at John Leggott College wishes Sam the best of luck for the coming season with his new team and will be keeping an eager eye on his progress.