Fijian defender Scott Wara has made his English football debut while on loan from Stoke City.
The Stoke City under 23 defender is on loan at Leek Town in the sixth tier of English football and has already played twice for his new club.
The 18-year old started against Newcastle Town and nearly scored in the club’s 4-2 win.
Manager Neil Baker was full of praise for the youngster, telling the Stoke Sentinel: “Scott did well, he had a good start to the game, but I think he will be disappointed with Newcastle’s first goal when he lost possession, but he made a terrific goal-line clearance and his general play was very good.”
Wara has since started in a 1-0 victory over Loughborough Dynamo but was substituted at half time. He was an unused subsitute in the 3-2 defeat against Market Drayton Town as Leek rotated the squad during the busy winter schedule.
Fiji manager Christoph Gamel has already tried to call up Wara, who is also eligible for England, to the Fiji squad.
However, Wara did not want to miss a large part of the English football season and declined the invitation.
He was born in Lautoka but grew up in England and has yet to make a decision on his international future. The 6ft 3 defender is also a keen rugby player, like many in Fiji, but has a big football career ahead of him.
He has already played for Stoke City u23s in the EFL trophy, a tournament where they play teams from the third and fourth tier of English football.