Marley Leuluai, the son of former NRL forward Kylie Leuluai, will not follow in his father's footsteps but instead embark on his own journey in a different code.
Marley Leuluai has signed his maiden professional contract for soccer sporting giants Burnley FC, who compete in the English Premier League - the top-tier of soccer in England.
A defender by trade, the youngster has represented the Under-17s New Zealand national team and is representing the country at the FIFA Under-17s World Cup in Indonesia at the moment.
Leuluai's father is none other than Kylie Leuluai. A journeyman, Leuluai had stints with the Balmain Tigers, Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles across eight years in the NRL - registering 78 first-grade games.
“It's a dream come true to sign my first professional contract," said the younger Leuluai.
"That's it really, I can't say much more, it's a dream.
“I think it's been the perfect transition, to be honest, joining Burnley's Academy. The style of play we're trying to play; I've been playing that all my life, so it's been a really good transition, and I'm loving every minute. It's been really good so far.
"I'm so excited, to represent your country in a World Cup is a dream come true as well. I've got an exciting few weeks coming up so I can't wait.”
The Leuluai family shot pic.twitter.com/l06cN7IZbt
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