(credit for above photo - Renfrew FC)
Junior football can be an extremely difficult level to play the game at but it doesn't seem to have fazed 17-year-old Cameron Clark one bit. The young defender, on loan at Renfrew FC from Livingston has been putting in some impressive performances as of late, performances that haven't gone unnoticed.
Clark has just recently been called up to the Scottish Schools Football Association under 18 squad, who begin their season with a tie on the 22nd December against Alloa before competing in the Centenary Shield.
I caught up with Cameron to talk about his journey to Renfrew FC, who are coached by his father Colin, and his recent call-up.
Calum McCaffery: "Let's start from the beginning. How did you first get into football?"
Cameron Clark: "Just always been kicking a ball since I could stand up to be honest, but my biggest influence is my dad. He really drummed football football football into me since I was young. I started off at west park boys club at about 7 or 8 years old.
CM: "You obviously worked your way up and then eventually got picked up by Livingston. When did they make contact with you and how did it feel to sign with them?"
CC: "Yeah was at numerous clubs and didn’t quite make the grade. Motherwell to start off with until I was 12 , Patrick thistle till 14, Morton until I was at u17s then Livingston picked me up at the start of the season. They’ve shown a lot of believe in me and I’m really enjoying it there right now."
CM: "Now that you're on loan at Renfrew what's it like playing there? I also heard that your dad is the manager at Renfrew, what is it like playing with him as your coach?"
CC: "Yeah, Renfrew is great, it’s a great experience playing against men and it’s really developed my game as a footballer. The boys have really helped me as well. My dad has always been my biggest critic and now that I’m one of his own players that has just been enhanced. He treats me like he would any other player at the club, hard but fair, but I’ve really enjoyed working under him and it makes for great banter around the dressing room."
CM: "Congratulations on being called up to the SSFA U18 squad! How does it feel to have been selected?"
CC: "Obviously it’s a great achievement and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet, it’s something that no one can ever take away from me to say I have pulled on a Scotland strip at school boy level. But now that I know I’m part of the squad, i’m concentrating on cementing my place in the starting 11 in next weeks game against Alloa u20s.
CM: "And finally, where do you see yourself as a footballer in five years time?"
CC: "Hopefully to be playing football professionally at a decent level. Maybe somewhere down south fighting my way up the leagues. But no matter what happens in football over the course of my young professional years, i’ll continue to work hard and believe in my ability and I’ll make it happen somewhere."
Cameron has certainly made a good start in achieving those goals and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw him playing at higher level sometime in the future. Cameron Clark is certainly a player to keep an eye out for.