HOXTON Park resident Mario Shabow, 17, has two hats on when it comes to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
As a player for the National Youth League (NYL) team he is one of the team's brightest prospects having just returned from Laos where he helped the Young Socceroos qualify for next year's AFC U-19 Championship.
But his association with Wanderers started long before he pulled on the red and black jersey as part of the train-on squad last year.
"I was there at the Wanderers' first ever friendly game," Shabow said.
"I'm a big Wanderers fan and so is my entire family.
"It's the start of a dream to play for the Wanderers and there is no better feeling to pull on the jersey."
The attacking midfielder was a key part of the Wanderers NYL's opening 3-all draw with the Newcastle Jets at the weekend.
He hopes for the same for the home opener at Marconi Stadium on Sunday.
Shabow, who has played with Liverpool Olympic, Marconi Stallions and Blacktown City FC, said he had one clear goal this season.
"I want to work as hard as I can to get a first team call-up for next year," said Shabow, who just completed HSC at Hoxton Park High School.
"It would be a dream come true to play in the A-League with the Wanderers."
Shabow has represented NSW twice at the Futsal National Championships.
■Wanderers NYL v Central Coast NYL, Sunday, November 15, Marconi Stadium.