A FULL-time focus on football is set to pay off for Blacktown City star Danny Choi, with a move to A-League champions Adelaide United beckoning.
Choi is on the verge of signing for the Reds on a season-long injury replacement contract.
The 21-year-old, who is in the process of becoming an Australian citizen, told the Sun he has been waiting on a visa clearance but expected the deal to be done “pretty soon”.
“I haven’t signed yet but I hope it should be done in the next few days.”
The move is a just reward for a player who has been a standout in a superb Blacktown City side this season.
Choi’s two goals in the NSW NPL grand final against Sydney United helped City to major premiership success.
He has also been instrumental in the club’s unprecedented run in the FFA Cup, which will culminate in a quarter-final showdown with Sydney FC on Wednesday.
It seemed only a matter of time before an A-League club came knocking.
The winger said his father’s desire for him to become a footballer was behind the family’s relocation from Korea to Australia when he was 10.
“One of the main reasons was that my dad wanted me to play football in Australia,” he said.
“My dad wanted me to be a footballer since I was born. Since I was 7 he made me juggle the ball. He loves football more than me to be honest.
“The main reason I started was because of him, but it later became my goal and my dream.
“I think every footballer wants to play at a professional level and one day I want to play for the Socceroos if I can.”
Choi has shown supreme dedication in chasing his football dream, forgoing tertiary study and work.
When he is not on the pitch with City he can be found at the local park in Yagoona honing his skills or doing extras at the gym.
Despite garnering national headlines for his exploits this season, namely for a goal from 70 metres out in an FFA Cup round of 32 match in July, Choi has his feet planted firmly on the ground.
“One player scores a goal but at the end of the day without the team you can’t do that. I don’t think people should be singled out,” he said.
“For me personally it’s been a great year but for the team we’ve been in three straight grand finals and hopefully we can go into the next round [of the FFA Cup].”
The man with a sweet left foot first came to Blacktown in 2014 having cut his teeth at Parramatta FC under Lee Sterrey.
He said it took some time to adjust to the level of NPL 1.
“The first year I was struggling a bit because it was a bit [of a step up] from premier league 2 but I played a few first grade games.
“I think I’ve improved every year under [Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden]. I’ve learned a lot from him, but I’m still learning.”
However, Choi’s work is far from finished at Blacktown City, with the blockbuster against Sydney FC fast approaching.
“It’s obviously very exciting for the players to verse an A-League club and hopefully a lot of people come to watch as well.
“I think all we have to do is play our game. I’m very excited.”