How Screwed Up is This!!!

This is really sad. Now all the pimps will haunting the playgrounds. What a mess.

Man U signs nine-year-old YouTube wonder kid


LONDON -- Manchester United have signed a gifted nine-year-old after his grandfather sent the Premier League champions a DVD showcasing the boy's talents which has become a YouTube sensation.

Rhain Davis, who was born in England but has lived in Australia since the age of four, was hailed by the British press on Thursday as the next Wayne Rooney after the United striker.

The boy's dribbling and scoring prowess for an Under-10 side in Brisbane, Australia, feature in a four-minute YouTube clip, already viewed more than 800,000 times.

United confirmed the signing but played down the hype around Davis, who has moved back to Cheshire in northern England with his father, near the club's training ground.

"He's a member of our academy and we don't comment on individual members," a United spokesman told Reuters.

He added that the club sign about 40 players of Davis's age every year and, as is standard, will decide annually whether to renew his contract or release him.

What was so unusual in Davis's case was that his skills were brought to the attention of United's youth scouts by the DVD submission, which could inspire other hopefuls, the spokesman said.

"We're bracing ourselves for a whole series of DVDs," he added.

Davis has been thrilled at the chance to rub shoulders with some of his idols.

"The best part has been meeting lots of players like Wayne Rooney," he told British newspapers.


At 8/4/07, 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off topic, but here is another example of pushing kids too hard, too soon.


Colin Cooley

At 8/4/07, 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another example of early specialization. As much as I don't agree with this, this kid is amazing.http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2007-07-29-JanSilva_N.htm

At 8/5/07, 2:46 PM, Anonymous tlanger said...

It's not healthy for the kid on many a level, but at least it's soccer or in other words he'll be running around "like a kid" and not playing a sport such as golf where the physical prowess doesn't lend itself to general fitness....

Todd Langer


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