QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- As Greg Reis sees it, if his son Taylor hadn't had so many back issues maybe he would have broken his old man's record of consecutive games played for the QND soccer program.
The father and son shared a laugh on the topic at Thursday's press conference announcing the next step in Taylor's career.
Maybe the younger Reis will get the last laugh.
Taylor is heading to Leeds, England to attend the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy where he'll study and play the sport he loves all year round.
He says for soccer players it's the opportunity of a lifetime.
"When I got the email I really couldn't believe it. It said England and I (said), 'England?,' Taylor said with a curious look.
"It's always been a dream of mine. I used to dream about it as a little boy and having the opportunity I thought I should take it."
Reis will play a more physical brand of soccer in England against players sometimes four or five years old than the All-State mid-fielder who celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday.
His father, and QND head coach, is confident his son will be ready for the challenge.
"His biggest adjustment over there will be the physical side of the game, and playing against guys that are 22, 25, 26 years old on a regular basis. He'll learn how to adjust to that part of the game and I think he'll do well," Greg explained.
"(The) opportunities and possibilities over there are endless, and as long as Taylor keeps his head and keeps working hard, he's got a lot of chances."
Taylor finished with 21 goals and 20 assists in his four year career and was an important piece of the 2011 state championship team.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- Hannibal also celebrated two of its student athletes signing national letters of intent on Thursday afternoon.
Soccer standout Clay Cunningham is going the junior college route picking East Central in Union, Missouri and softball standout Gabby York will continue her career at Central Methodist.
"It's always I've wanted to do," Cunningham said of playing college soccer.
"I've always looked forward to playing at the next level. The speed of the game is a lot different than high school or club (soccer) and it's just going to be different to get used to."
According to York, "I've always wanted to do this and I'm just in shock that I get to. Hopefully I finish out my four years."
Both players say the chance to compete at the collegiate level was simply too hard to pass up.
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