IT was a year you would reckon Michael Wells would rather forget - a year that was cursed by a horrible run of serious injuries.
But the exciting young Hervey Bay prospect is not one to dwell on his 2012 disappointments... he shrugs it off like it's just a hiccup in his career.
Thirteen years old and pushing six feet tall, Wells has had to deal with more injuries in his short career than some do in a lifetime - diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a partial Achilles tendon rupture and an avulsion fracture of the tibia - and that's just last year.
During the frustrating setbacks, Wells, who also excels in swimming, never went into his shell. Even when he was forced to pull out of the National Youth Football Championships in September, he remained upbeat, resolute and more importantly eager to get back on the park.
Wells's motivation to play football again and his passion for the game was a big reason why Wide Bay Revolution had no fears selecting the attacking midfielder in its under-14 team.
The Fraser Coast Anglican College student is four months into his recovery from the knee injury which ruled him out of nationals, and he expects to be back to full training next month, just in time for the start of the Australian Premier League Queensland conference season.
"I think I will come back better and more determined," Wells said.
"I've worked really hard at rehab and been seeing a physio every week.
"Now I get to play soccer at a higher level, I hope it moves me forward as a player and provide me with more opportunity."
Revolution U14 coach Andrew Catton described the Fraser Flames product as one of the most gifted players he had ever seen when he was younger, but believed his mental toughness is what has allowed him to persevere.
"I will never forget the first round of state championships last year in Bundaberg when he started cramping up and he was physically distressed," he said.
"He was still chasing and doing his job, he doesn't stop, it's just his character.
"Having coached him for club too, I had to say to him 'don't go out there and run yourself silly, you have other bigger things to prepare yourself for' and it would frustrate the hell out of him."
Catton believed Wells's steely resolve and how he embraces every challenge thrown his way typifies the sort of club the Revolution will grow to be known as.
"A few years ago Wide Bay was never the strongest zone going around and it was always about playing for a bit of pride and playing with a bit of guts and getting stuck in now, but now we can play football as well," he said.
"The most important thing about us (Revolution) playing in the metro league, a lot of the other kids are going to realise they will have to work a lot harder and it is not going to come easy for them especially against teams like Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane City."
Having spent four years playing in Brisbane with leading club Rochedale Rovers, Wells knows better than most in his team the high standard and quality of football the Revolution will be competing against.
Wells's main priority this year was to help the Revolution be competitive and to reclaim his spot in the Queensland Country team.
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