Sources: Man City sensation Leuluai arrives at Rangers after permission granted
Man City sensation Marley Leuluai has headed to Rangers for a trial this week, sources have told Football Insider.
The 16-year-old centre-back, who’s the son of former Rugby League star Kylie Leuluai and from a New Zealand rugby family, is spending time with the Glasgow giants ahead of a potential transfer.
Leuluai has been at the Man City academy since primary school but his future is in doubt heading into the summer.
The Premier League champions are yet to offer the teen star a scholarship, which they are handing out to their best youngsters for the two-year period starting next season.
That has opened the door for rival clubs to make a move for Leulai.
Rangers are hoping to exploit the young defender’s potential availability and have been granted permission to take him on trial for an extended spell.
The club’s academy coaches will run the rule over the rising star, and decide whether to offer him a contract.
In Scotland, clubs can offer professional contracts at the age of 16, a year earlier than down south, where the start-off point for pro terms is the 17th birthday.
The teenager did not start playing football until he has seven and was quickly spotted by Blackburn Rovers, before moving on to Man City a year later.
Coming from a big rugby family, he has impressive sporting genes as the son of the former Manly and Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie, who won six Super League grand finals and two Challenge Cups with the club.
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