Former Bradford City prospect Indy Aujla is aiming to help others follow in his footsteps.
British Asian footballer Indy Aujla says he hopes to inspire the next generation of Asian talent by going all the way and playing at the very highest level.
The midfielder returns to his hometown this weekend with his new side Boston United for their Skrill North clash at Bradford Park Avenue.
And Aujla, a former Young Player of the Year at Bradford City after coming through the Bantams’ academy, revealed he hopes other Asian youngsters will follow in his footsteps and try and make a career in the professional game.
“I think looking ahead to the next 10 years my future looks very promising,” Aujla said. “I haven’t reached my peak yet and my desire to play at the highest level is there more than ever.
“I hope I can inspire the young Asian players of the future to never give up on their dreams and ambitions. If I could give them one bit of advice it would be to believe in yourself – if you believe in yourself and you can do anything.”
Only last year Aujla was captaining Belgian side RRFC Montegnee, an experience which the Yorkshireman described as an “eye-opener.”
Playing abroad helped Aujla, 24, experience a more technical style of football and he played across the midfield and at full-back during his three-year spell overseas.
He has since played at Whitehawk FC and trained with Football League clubs including Brentford and Leeds United – where he was subsequently praised by former Leeds first-team coach Neil Redfearn for his touch and his ability.
Aujla revealed he opted to sign for Boston United this summer purely for football reasons adding he was delighted to return to Bradford with his new side.
“I wanted to play regularly and I have done that so far with Boston and we’re doing really well – we’re second in the league,” Aujla said.
“As one of only a small number of professional Asian footballers in England I know there is an excitement among the Asian community for Saturday’s match.
“It’s great to be coming home. It’s been quite a journey – Bradford, Belgium and now Boston United.”