Kler Heh, a Myanmar native footballer, is determined to make a first team breakthrough at Sheffield United in the English League One and insisted that he will give it his best shot.
The 18-year-old youngster is seen as one of the promising talents around in the Blades youth squad after securing a professional contract earlier this year. He has spent the last few months on loan at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
“I now have the chance in pre-season to catch the new manager’s eye and show him what I can do,” the versatile attacking midfielder told The Star Newspaper.
“Hopefully, I can show him that I am ready to take that next step. I know the new manager will be looking closely at each and every one of us, so this is my biggest pre-season to date and I can’t wait to get started.
“I have come through the ranks at Sheffield United and will be looking to impress this season. I want to put in the performances, train harder than anybody else and make any sacrifices I have to,” he added.
Born in a Thai refugee camp in October 1996, Kler spent his early years of his life there after his family of Karen ethnicity faced oppression in their homeland, before moving to England as part of the United Nations Gateway Protection Programme at the age of ten.
During his time in Europe, he was recommended to join the Sheffield United development setup by anti-racism charity ‘Football Unites, Racism Divides’ (FURD) coach and talent identification officer Luis Silva.
“The refugee camp was like a prison. It seemed like there were no opportunities, no way out,” he remembers.
“But I played football every day, in bare feet, before we were resettled in England. I feel like I owe it to my community to become a successful football player.”
Previously, several Burmese media reported that Kler has dropped a hint on his interest to play for Myanmar national team in international stage in the future.