Coorabell's Sam over the moon after national title win
SAM Shepherd will not be resting on his laurels despite achieving football success.
The Coorabell player recently helped his Palm Beach Sharks under-14 side take the National Premier League title.
Victory on the final day of the season clinched the crown for the team, which comprises promising junior talents.
Fourteen-year-old Sam must now trial for a berth in the club's under-15 squad for the 2014 season - and is determined not to rest easy.
"I think if you relax for a bit, you go downhill," he said. "You have to be playing all the time if you want to stay at a high level.
"Hopefully I can keep improving."
Sam was among a trio of FNC representatives in the Gold Coast side, which played matches against talented juniors from across Queensland.
Ballina's Dominic Weaver and Alstonville's Moritz Magraf were also in the squad, which sealed the title in dramatic fashion.
Sam, who joined the club last year after impressing in trials, was delighted with the triumph.
"I couldn't think of anything better than to win the title," he said. "It was an amazing feeling.
"The first night (after we won the title) I couldn't sleep. It meant so much.
"I was over the moon."
The trio are among scores of promising talents from across the region competing with the club, which is helping develop potential Socceroos.
Former Bangalow junior Sam, who supports Chelsea and Real Madrid, took up the sport about eight years ago and enjoys playing in the heart of his team's back line.
"I like stopping goals and stopping people from scoring," he said.
"I just love everything about soccer."
Sam thanked all the club's coaches and staff for their support during the season.