13 January 2014 11:12

Australian-Cypriot teenager James Demetriou is enjoying life at the moment.
Demetriou gave his budding football career a massive boost in September last year when he impressed during a two-week trial at Nottingham Forest convincing the club to hand him a two-year contract. A former player with Sydney Olympic down under, the 18-year-old bid his family and friends farewell as he embarked on a new life in England and the transition has so far been an exciting one.
"Things are great", he told The Cyprus Daily. "Settling in was made very easy by the club, who put me into their shared accommodation until an apartment could be located. Living by myself has taught me a lot like cooking, cleaning and having the maturity to make adult decisions on a daily basis".
On the football front, things also couldn't be better for the talented striker. His strikes recently against Crewe and Sheffield Wednesday for Nottingham Forrest under-21s have taken his season tally to an impressive six goals.
"The football has been amazing and a noticeable step up from Australia. My trial was two weeks long, which involved a game against Fulham where I scored in the first half. Gaining confidence and moving forward has allowed me to add an additional five goals to that tally, taking me to six for the season at the half way point. I am happy with my progress as are the coaching staff."
And it is not just the coaching staff at Forrest who are delighted. Indeed, Demetriou already got his first call-up for the Cyprus under-21 side last year and is being tipped as a player of the future for Cyprus and especially coach Apostolos Makrides.
Demetriou, whose mother's family hails from Latchi village while his father's roots are in Limassol, admits he wasn't expecting the Cyprus FA to come knocking at his door but can understand the thinking behind catching players early on with the senior national side currently struggling on the international stage.
"The call up was a very unexpected one. I had just returned from an Australian National Team camp based in London ahead of the Asian Championships which took place in October last year. I received a call from Mr. Apostolos Makrides after talking with a Cypriot official through social networking sites, where he was informed about my availability to play for the Cypriot national team as I had recently obtained a European passport.  Apostolos then went on to inform me that I was in his sights for the qualifiers.
"I definitely feel that the younger generations of Cypriot football have a lot to offer. Seeing the under-19s qualify for the elite stage of the European Championships is an impressive feat, and the under-21s were not far off either against tough opposition. This is not to take away from the senior team, who already have plenty of youth within their squad."
Demetrious, meanwhile, credits his father for his impressive accomplishments in the world of football describing him as a "mentor".
"A massive influence in my life, still to this date, would have to be my father. He has taught me everything I know from day one. He had me kicking a ball from the first few years of my life, and has been there with me as a coach, mentor, teacher and a father ever since I can remember. We've been through a lot together, and I feel as if I have done him proud so far."


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