EXCLUSIVE: He was born in Sierra Leone and spent three years at Bayern Munich but Perth-raised rising star Julius Doe Davies is back in town and he has the A-League abuzz.
Davis, who recently turned 17, is currently training with Melbourne Victory after an invitation from assistant coach Kevin Muscat who had heard about the youngster’s growing reputation.
The diminutive, left-footed attacking midfielder, who can also play as a second striker or playmaker, will spend the week at the Victorian powerhouse.
Last month, he had spell training with Jade North’s former club FC Tokyo.
“Today was pretty intense,” Davies told au.fourfourtwo.com after the attacking midfielder trained with the club for the first time this week.
“It’s been good. They’ve got a few good players in the squad. And Archie is always talking to me and helping me.”
The likeable teen who cites former EPL superstar Jay Jay Okacha as his role model wants to be known simply as “Doe” on the back of his shirt, but which A-League shirt that will be is still open.
Victory have the first look at him and if they have a clear-out at the end of the season, there might be a chance of a deal.
Meanwhile a number of other A-League clubs and one from Japan are tracking the player who was schooled since age 14 by some of Germany’s greats such as Bayern assistant coach Hermann Gerland.
Davies recently arrived on his own in Australia iafter a brief spell at Hoffenheim following three years in the German giant’s system - but former European champions Bayern made a lasting impression on him.
“It is very professional. Definitely the best set-up in Germany and one of the best in the world. I was blown away,” Davis told au.fourfourtwo.com in an Aussie accent tinged with German.
“And he [Gerland] is the most respected German youth development coach. He gave me compliments I could never have dreamed of.
“He is old school in a way. If you lose the ball you have to get straight back into your position. And discipline; to know your job as a footballer.
“At first the coaches like Hermann thought I was too skinny and small. And when I arrived I had no idea about defending…
“It was the best thing to ever happen to me and made me an even better player compared to what I was before.”
Davies left the Bavarian club in the hope of breaking into the first team at Hoffenheim, but he didn’t settle and he admitted Germany was not a country he enjoyed.
The main thing for Davies is to play regular first team football and settle into life back into Australia to let fans will see his talent blossom.
It won’t be easy and the best of Davies may not be seen before the start of next A-League season.
But by then, match fit and integrated into a senior A-League squad, he could be one of the faces of the eighth season of the competition.
“It’s a lot faster than what it was,” he said of the A-League.
“Now with so many youth players you can tell the game is growing. But in the football sense it’s a lot better than when I lived here.”
Though for this youngster, he’s already lived a life. On his earnings in Germany the teen bought his family a block of land back home in Freetown.
Now, back in the country he calls home it’s time he says to show Australia what he can do.
How a Perth-based NTC talent and former refugee from war-torn Sierra Leone ended up in Bavaria as a 14-year-old in the first place is a story in itself.
Davis’s sister, who is also his guardian after his parents died, decided to move to Germany for work reasons and young Julius came with her.
From this, an opportunity arose at the German giant and after two days training with the reserve team, the then 14-year-old was offered a long-term contract.
His sister is still there.
“It’s been a bumpy ride but it’s been good,” he said of his life so far.
Davies’s talent would have come as no surprise to WA coaches such as Kenny Lowe who had identified the teen from an early age.
In fact he was identified by national youth coaches but hadn’t lived in Australia long enough to qualify for the green and gold.
“I watched all the games, seeing the boys in the U20s World Cup, the boys I’d played with,” he said.
But if Davies stays in Australia for six months he will qualify to play for the green and gold - just like a number of other African-Australians in the youth system.
“Africans, it’s our mentality. When you’ve got the opportunity to make something of yourself, you can’t forget the others in your life,” added Davies.
“I’m not one of the greedy types who thinks everything’s about me,me, me. I used to look after kids in Germany who came from Africa. It was much tougher there than here.
“It’s just the way I am.”
Davies is set to train with Melbourne Victory this morning at Goschs Paddock.
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