Cutler in Pulse touring squad

Ian Cutler. Picture supplied

Former Campion College, Gisborne Thistle and Gisborne Federation midfielder Ian Cutler is joining Gisborne’s Josh Adams and Matt McVey in the Pulse Academy squad on their eight-game tour of England, which starts on September 30.

And if Cutler makes the Pulse Academy team to Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton and Hove Albion (yet to be decided) on the last game of the trip it will make for a memorable 16th birthday.

“I got an email from Paul Seaman and then a phone call call asking me if it was interested in going.

“It was huge surprise but I was really excited and can’t wait to go,” said Cutler, a member of the Hawke’s Bay under-16 team who beat their Gisborne counterparts here on Saturday.

The 15-year-old moved to Napier on a football/athletics scholarship to attend Lindisfarne at the start of term one this year.

Playing for the school, Cutler helped Lindisfarne’s first 11 win all four inter-college exchange games — the first time in 14 years — and finish third in the local school league.

A natural left footed attacking player, who was born-in Bristol, England, also played for Napier Marist in the Pacific Premiership.

The set-up at Napier Marots is really good and the coach Jamie Dunning is great.

“I play for the school in the morning and then for the club in the afternoon.

“I ended up playing as a left-wing-back, which I now enjoy, you have both attacking and defensive rsponsabilities, which has been new to me, as I was mainly an attacker.

“I was fortunate to get some games back home which was good. The games against the Gosborne teams were on school holidays ”

Dunning was so impressed that he put Cutler’s name forward for the trials for HB U20 Youth team (which Adams was picked for.

“I didn’t get picked but I was told the trials were also aboutht seeing the younger talent in the catchment and the bulk of the non-selections were from the younger age group.

“I have made the Marist to take part in the National Club U19 competition hosted by Napier City over Labour Weekend.”

The trip to Britain, involving seven games against age-group teams, will be the first taste of English football for Adams and McVey, but Cutler travelld to England in 2016 and “trained with Yeovil Town”.

“The young players over there are huge physically and much faster, I’m glad I went as I’ll have an in idea of what to expect.

While some of the Pulse Academy players may have dreams of being offered a professional contract, Cutler is keeping his feet on the ground.

“I’m nowhere near ready for anything like that,” he said.

“It would be fantastic to one day get offered the chance to play professionally but I’ll only looking at gaining more experience before hopefully returning when I’m older and more experienced.”

Former Campion College, Gisborne Thistle and Gisborne Federation midfielder Ian Cutler is joining Gisborne’s Josh Adams and Matt McVey in the Pulse Academy squad on their eight-game tour of England, which starts on September 30.

And if Cutler makes the Pulse Academy team to Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton and Hove Albion (yet to be decided) on the last game of the trip it will make for a memorable 16th birthday.

“I got an email from Paul Seaman and then a phone call call asking me if it was interested in going.

“It was huge surprise but I was really excited and can’t wait to go,” said Cutler, a member of the Hawke’s Bay under-16 team who beat their Gisborne counterparts here on Saturday.

The 15-year-old moved to Napier on a football/athletics scholarship to attend Lindisfarne at the start of term one this year.

Playing for the school, Cutler helped Lindisfarne’s first 11 win all four inter-college exchange games — the first time in 14 years — and finish third in the local school league.

A natural left footed attacking player, who was born-in Bristol, England, also played for Napier Marist in the Pacific Premiership.

The set-up at Napier Marots is really good and the coach Jamie Dunning is great.

“I play for the school in the morning and then for the club in the afternoon.

“I ended up playing as a left-wing-back, which I now enjoy, you have both attacking and defensive rsponsabilities, which has been new to me, as I was mainly an attacker.

“I was fortunate to get some games back home which was good. The games against the Gosborne teams were on school holidays ”

Dunning was so impressed that he put Cutler’s name forward for the trials for HB U20 Youth team (which Adams was picked for.

“I didn’t get picked but I was told the trials were also aboutht seeing the younger talent in the catchment and the bulk of the non-selections were from the younger age group.

“I have made the Marist to take part in the National Club U19 competition hosted by Napier City over Labour Weekend.”

The trip to Britain, involving seven games against age-group teams, will be the first taste of English football for Adams and McVey, but Cutler travelld to England in 2016 and “trained with Yeovil Town”.

“The young players over there are huge physically and much faster, I’m glad I went as I’ll have an in idea of what to expect.

While some of the Pulse Academy players may have dreams of being offered a professional contract, Cutler is keeping his feet on the ground.

“I’m nowhere near ready for anything like that,” he said.

“It would be fantastic to one day get offered the chance to play professionally but I’ll only looking at gaining more experience before hopefully returning when I’m older and more experienced.”

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