AN Altrincham Boys’ Grammar School pupil has secured a prestigious football scholarship at the University of Indianapolis.

Michael King earned the scholarship through his impressive performances for Altrincham under 18s under the management of George Heslop.

King, 18, from Altrincham, has just finished his final year of A Levels at Altrincham Grammar and will move to America in August to begin a new chapter in his life.

He will combine a sports management course alongside playing for Ulndy Greyhound at a 7,000 seat stadium and says he can’t wait for it to begin.

“I looked up the university and it was just brilliant. It was important that I chose a university which was good academically and in terms of the football. Indianapolis had both.”

He will be spending the next four years in Indiana and will be the only English footballer in a team looking to revolutionise college ‘soccer’ in America.

And, with the influx of footballers from other states, including an import from Antigua, it seems that Michael is heading towards an ambitious team.

After being approached by around 25 other American universities, the left back insists that Indianapolis is the right step after a successful two years at Altrincham.

He said: “Altrincham have been brilliant to me, helping me build my confidence and they were a great club to play under.

“We had a great team and winning the Manchester County Cup against Stockport Vikings was a particular highlight.”