From Rio High to American Dream for Ollie Nugent (Left), in Action for Great Britain against Brazil's Fabrizio Nascimento De Oliveira during the Men's 7 a Side Football at the Deodoro Stadium during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ADAM DAVY; PARALYMPIAN NUGENT HOPES FOR US MOVE

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From Rio High to American Dream for Ollie Nugent (Left), in Action for Great Britain against Brazil's Fabrizio Nascimento De Oliveira during the Men's 7 a Side Football at the Deodoro Stadium during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ADAM DAVY; PARALYMPIAN NUGENT HOPES FOR US MOVE


Byline: PHIL JONES Sports Reporter sport@liverpool.com @LIVECHOSPORT

HE MADE his Paralympic Games debut in 2016 but next year could set to be even more monumental for Wirral footballer Ollie Nugent as he chases his dream of playing in America.

Back in September Nugent was a part of the ParalympicsGB seven-a-side team which finished fifth at Rio 2016.

For the 19-year-old, who was the youngest member of the team, it was an experience like no other but he will have to wait for another with seven-a-side football having been dropped from the programme for Tokyo 2020.

It could be reinstated in later Games but for now Nugent is concentrating on more immediate matters.

The former Tranmere Rovers and Chester FC man signed to Runcorn Town this season but a move across the pond to experience football and studying in America could yet be on the cards in the New Year.

"I've finished my A Levels and got A stars in them but I've been looking to go to America next year but I have to do a test in January, February time and so depending on that I hope to get to America," said Nugent, who has dreams of eventually becoming the first cerebral palsy footballer to play professional.

"The test would be a test that every student has to do to get into University in America. Hopefully I can do a degree while also playing football full time.

"It's going well at Runcorn at the minute. It's a very important year for me depending on what happens with America.

"It's made me a lot more mature this year, especially with Rio. I've just turned 19 and playing against people who are five to ten years older than me has made me mature as a person in everyday life. …

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