'I Want to Play for Australia'

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Byline: RHYS O'NEILL sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

A BLOSSOMING on-field career could mean entry to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for a Grafton soccer starlet.

Kayla Dayes, 17, is likely to link with an American college in the coming months after working her way through an intense NSR trial process.

After outlasting about 140 girls at Coffs Harbour's selections, Dayes was chosen as one of 50 to be interviewed by officials.

From there the list of potential stars was reduced to 25, all of whom have had their names placed in a hat for a college scholarship in the United States.

Despite the $5000 travel costs the experience will be a dream come true for Dayes, a right winger.

"I have always been a fan of the Hollywood scene," Dayes, who is eyeing a deal in California, said.

"It's my goal. I have played ever since I was little and my family is involved with clubs. I grew up in a soccer family."

Dayes is hoping to study either criminology or physical education teaching when she jets off in August next year. …