Banbridge’s Lewis Houston is hoping his debut in the Milk Cup Premier section will provide another stepping stone towards a top flight career.
Like the other two local lads involved in next week’s County Down squads, Houston is currently a Linfield youth player and he has high hopes of one day making it as a regular in the club’s first-team.
Houston has played at the Milk Cup before, part of County Down’s 2013 Junior squad.
“I played two years ago in the Junior section and it was an absolutely brilliant experience,” he told the ‘LEADER.’
“The whole tournament is so professionally run and it’s all great to be a part of.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Premier section now.”
Houston’s team have been drawn alongside three visiting teams and the Banbridge local knows they will have three tough games in their group campaign. “We’ve been handed a really tough group,” he conceded. “Vendee are a very good team and reached the final last season, when they were only beaten by Manchester United.
“We don’t really know what Club America will be like but coming over from Mexico, I’m sure they’ll be tough to beat, as will Motherwell. “We haven’t really discussed the other teams or thought about them very much though. All we want to do is enjoy our football and see how we can do against such good teams. “We all knew each other from previous Down squads and from playing against each other for our clubs.
“That made things a lot easier and we’ve been working really well as a team and getting our fitness up for the tournament.”
After the Milk Cup, Houston will retrain his focus on his club career, where he will this year make the step up to youth team football. He’ll be hoping to return fresh off the back of causing some upsets on the North Coast.