FRASER Thomson knows more than most that age is only a number.
The Grangemouth Broncos American footballer is the youngest member of the Great Britain team to fly out to France this week for the European Championships.
But the 17-year-old is also one of the most experienced players in the GB team, after more than a decade in the sport already.
He’s travelling among the older team alongside his father Jimmy Thomson and - as a mathematics student - knows the probability of fielding in the quarter-back or central positions is low.
“There are plenty of other options for the coach in those two areas,” he told Heraldsport. “But I can play in any of the other positions.
“We have a good squad and are optimistic about getting through the group stage.”
The Polmont teenager has been playing since the age of six, taken along to training with his dad and now he’s taking dad along for support in the four group games.
“I’m nervous about being the youngest, but it is a big opportunity for me.
“And although I’m the youngest in years - I’ve been playing for 11 years so am probably one of the most experienced players in the squad, despite my age.
“The call-up has been a long time coming.”
Fraser wasn’t initially selected from the trials but after a few call-offs he got the call-up.
But the sojourn means he has to miss his first few days of Stirling University.
“I left Graeme High and I’m going to Stirling Uni to study Mathematics.
“I’ve had a meeting with the people on the course about my trip - and I’m hoping it will all be ok - it is a sporting university after all.
“I will pick up some tips for the Broncos but will no doubt be involved in the Uni team - the Clansmen too.”