Preston is a graduate from Johnny Warren Football Foundation training program.
Preston has been a proud member of the Central Coast Mariners Academy (2012-2014), and in the 2014 season he was Captain of the u18’s team. Midfield has been Preston’s main position, either in the centre or on a wing, during his football journey. But he has played in most positions.
Preston has also competed at the FFA National Youth Championships which are held at Coffs Harbour NSW.
Preston, aged 15, has also trained with Tim Cahill:
Preston also toured the United Kingdom in 2011 as part of a team with a football academy, playing 12 matches in a few weeks. Preston was awarded Player of the Tour, receiving an Everton FC jersey signed by the team .
During 2012, Preston was awarded a prized scholarship from the Central Coast Academy of Sport in conjunction with the Central Coast Mariners. To be eligible, it was necessary to be “identified by Mariners coaching and development staff as having the potential to progress to higher-level representation with the Mariners at Youth League, W-League or A-League level”.
At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Preston also received the Coach’s Player award for the 2012 season with the Central Coast Mariners Academy.
In 2013 Preston was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic Committee.
At the end of the 2013 season, Preston was awarded the Player’s Player of the Season trophy, which was determined by votes from his team throughout the season.
The short video below was taken at Pluim Park, Lisarow, on 23 February 2014. Unfortunately I missed recording about ten minutes of the match! This is with the CCMA U18’s Men’s team. this is also a video playlist, with a few different videos.
In 2014, in addition to his football, Preston was also Vice-Captain of his school, and also achieved excellent academic results, with him being at the top of five subjects for his year (ie Year 12).
Congratulations also to Preston for being nominated for the 2015 Wyong Australia Day awards.
In late January 2015, Preston departed Australia for the UK with a two year visa to further his football experiences and development. In the UK, Preston has been training and attending trials with several Clubs, and has received a number of offers. Trials are continuing with various Clubs.