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Baxter to use Australia tour to get head-start at Everton

Everton whizkid Jose Baxter hopes to use their tour of Australia as a springboard into the senior squad next season.

After seeing the likes of Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman earn places in David Moyes' first team, Baxter now wants to follow in his teammates' footsteps.

"Jack and Seamus are doing brilliantly so I aim to follow their lead this season. I am always privileged to play with them because they are great lads and great footballers.

"I have had a holiday since the end of the season but I am now back training," he added. "I want to be sharp so I can hopefully be a part of the squad that is heading out to Australia."

Baxter's first aim for the 2010/11 season is to play a role in the summer friendlies and to travel to the other side of the world with the Blues would be a dream come true for the teenager.

"I hope I do get picked for the squad as it will be amazing to go out there," he declared. I would be privileged to go to Australia with Everton."

"Tim Cahill always tells us how great Australia is so hopefully he can arrange a few trips for us and let us know where to go," Baxter told the evertonfc.com podcast. "It will be great for Tim to have Everton in his home country and it will be great for us too."

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