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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Ryan Strain insists he’ll never take fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer for granted. That’s because he’s seen the two different paths a teenage prospect’s career can take up close and very personal. Strain came through the Aston Villa youth ranks alongside his brother Tom, with both hoping to emulate their grandfather - St Mirren Scottish Cup winner Gerry Baker. Tom was regularly topping the scoring charts in Birmingham, with both Strain brothers also playing alongside future England and Manchester City star Jack Grealish. In the end Tom’s career was hit by a spate of injury problems, with Ryan eventually making it into the pro ranks after both moved over to Australia. Grealish, meanwhile, has gone on to break the British transfer record after swapping Villa Park for the Etihad Stadium in a deal reported to be worth £100million. Strain revealed the stark difference in the pathways the pair’s careers have taken so far highlights how lucky he is to be able to follow in his grandfather’s historic footsteps in Paisley. Strain explained: “I was at Villa for five years. I did my scholarships there and then just before the pro-contract stage I got released. “My brother Tom and I were both there in the academy. He was a year above me and played as a striker, he was top scorer for a bit there but had a lot of problems with injuries. “Now he’s playing locally in Australia, but he was probably the better player back then. “We were both on par but he was a great goalscorer. He definitely followed my grandad in terms of goalscoring. I’m just a defender. “It was a great experience for me overall and from there I went on to Australia. The one I played with at Villa that made it really big was Jack Grealish. My brother Tom actually lived with him. You had to stay in digs down there, so I know Jack really well. Jack Grealish (Image: Getty Images) “I was at Villa on a two-year scholarship and Grealish was a year above me. He was a cracking player then, I played a lot with him and I always knew that he was going to make it big. He’s done incredibly well. “Everyone as a kid wants to make it as a professional footballer and I know not to take it for granted now. “Tom kind of plays semi-pro now in Adelaide for a team called the MetroStars. They always watch my games, especially my dad (Ian) who stays up at all hours watching them. “I don’t feel any pressure here because of my grandad’s history with the club. “I’m not going to score the goals that he did, it’s just an honour to pull on the same shirt.” Read More Related Articles St Mirren warn supporters who set off 'life-threatening' pyrotechnics they'll be banned from SMISA Stadium Read More Related Articles Ryan Flynn believes St Mirren will benefit from Keanu Baccus and Ryan Strain's Australia World Cup push It’s not just Ryan’s brother Tom and grandfather Gerry that have plenty of sporting pedigree.
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. She made the long trip over from Australia to Scotland last week to watch Strain make his Premiership debut for the Buddies against Motherwell. And while the 25-year-old defender was gutted to miss a glorious chance to net on his first league appearance, he hopes he can follow in his mother’s footsteps by lifting some silverware on Scottish soil. Strain said: “My mum flew over to come to my first game last weekend, which was great. She went down to England to see family down there too. “She ran in the Olympics in Los Angeles and Barcelona. She came fifth in LA and was knocked out in the semis in Barcelona. “She won a few Commonwealth Games medals in Scotland, so hopefully I can get some silverware myself here with St Mirren. I loved my debut, playing in front of our home fans. It would have been much better with a win, but I felt we played well and if we can bring that performance to the Aberdeen game I don’t see why we can’t come back with all three points. “If you look at the stats from the Motherwell game, we created loads of chances. I had a couple myself that I should have put away. “I thought I was definitely going to score one of them. I just leant back, I think I got too excited! “I could have had a few assists as well. We’ve just got to be more clinical as a team.”
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Strain believes his move to Paisley gives him the best chance of impressing the Australia national team boss ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year. He’s glad to be one of a growing number of Aussies in the Scottish Premiership being considered for a shot at the biggest trophy in world football. Strain added: “I’m really looking forward to the Aberdeen game. Obviously coming over here you want to play against the bigger clubs in big stadiums. “I can’t wait to get up there and get going. “There’s a load of us Aussies coming over at the moment. There’s quite a few boys at Hearts, one in now at Hibs and Livingston too. Keanu Baccus has joined up here as well. “It’s a good league over there and it’s good to see more Australians getting recognised. “With the World Cup coming up, obviously Graham Arnold (Australia’s coach) will be watching the Scottish league to see how we’re all going. “There’s around 10 players here now, Aaron Mooy has come back here as well.
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“He’ll be watching and that’s why it’s a good platform for me to put on a good show and hopefully impress.”
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