TEENAGE soccer sensation Jack Harrison is living the American dream as he pursues his ambition of becoming a professional footballer - after quitting Manchester United's academy.

Three years ago, the 17-year-old, from Bromley Cross, made the difficult decision to quit one of the world’s biggest football clubs— and leave his family — to take up a scholarship at Berkshire School in Massachusetts.

Now as the former Turton High School pupil prepares to go to Wake Forest University on a full scholarship to follow his academic and sporting ambitions, he is encouraging other talented footballers to follow in his footsteps.

Jack, who made the tough decision to quit Manchester United’s academy, said: “The opportunity is very rare in England yet extremely valuable.

“When it was first presented to me I was hesitant.

"However, after a lot of research, discussions with others and encouragement from my mum, I became excited about the idea of travelling to America, not only for the first class education and the environment, but for football too.

“The school campus has to be seen to believe it.

“I roll out of bed onto the football pitches. After three years of experiencing a whole new life in America, I can honestly say that it has been the right decision to come here to Berkshire and I am very grateful for all the experiences that I have had. Priceless.

“It would be great to have a successor from England to attend Berkshire.

“As of right now, I am the only student born and raised in England and I have been for the past two years.

“I think it’s pretty sad that more kids in England don’t explore their opportunities in America.

"Being at Berkshire School in the USA has opened many doors for me, such as guest playing for Manhattan PSG under 17s and winning the USA National Championship in July this year.”

Jack says he does miss Turton High but added: “All of the teachers were in great support of this opportunity, especially Mr Dan McElroy my sports teacher, likewise my friends who have been very loyal to me.

“When I do come home, I try to see as many people as I can who have had a significant impact on this decision and my life. I miss my mum, and my nan and grandad as well.”