Sheffield United have awarded a professional contract to a former Thai refugee, Kler Heh, after the 18-year-old impressed in his third trial for the club.
Born in the Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp, he and his family of ethnic Karens, a minority group who have faced oppression in Myanmar, had already failed with their attempts to move to Australia and seemed destined never to escape the depressing camp environment.
“You can’t really get out, nobody has a passport to go into Thailand and go out like a normal human would,” Kler explained.
“I would love to play in the Premier League one day but at present my goal is to impress [manager] Nigel Adkins and ([Under-21 coach) Chris Morgan, and repay Sheffield United for the faith that they have shown to me,” he told Reuters.
“But I am an ambitious player and I would love to and one day be the captain of either Myanmar or Thailand at an international level and as I grow play at the highest level possible the Premier League and Champions League.”
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