The Western Australian state amateur team had a big 5-1 win in Kalgoorlie.

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18.10.2020

HUNT HAT-TRICK SEALS WA AMATEURS VICTORY

The WA State Amateur side have made the long trip to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and come home with a 5-1 win against a Goldfields Soccer Association Men’s Select XI on Saturday afternoon. The game was part of a doubleheader which also saw a young Northern Redbacks side lose 4-3 to the Goldfields Soccer Association Womens Select XI in the late game. Quinns striker Liam Hunt was the star on the day, bagging a hat trick, with other goals from North Perth United’s Lucas Munoz and Joondalup United’s Adam Taylor, which saw Colm Costello’s side run out convincing winners. Hunt said it was a good game and he was happy to bag a few. “We didn’t start the game to well but it was good to go into half time with a lead which helped us over run them in the second half,” he said. “I’m very happy with myself for bagging a hattrick for the state team and helping us get the win.”

“It was a great win for a new look state side,” Costello added. “We made a good start but let the Goldfields back in the game, but we had a good chat to the lads at half time and the players all agreed we needed to be tidier and more patient in possession. It was a great second half performance from the lads, we had 11 players play their first game for the state team including two 20-year-olds and 19- year-old, Ryan Morris. It was a quick turn around and we only had two training sessions with the lads, a really commanding display especially in the second half. The Goldfields were brilliant hosts and could not have done anymore for us up here, and we were very grateful to be part of a great evening of football.”

The Amateurs made the perfect start and were ahead after only five minutes. Jose Zuniga slipped a great through ball to Munoz, who finished clinically with a neat lob. The hosts hit back on the half hour with a well taken equaliser, but three minutes from the break WA regained the lead. Hunt started the move with a great cross field ball to Munoz, who crossed into the box and Hunt continued his run to score and send WA into the break with a 2-1 lead.

Costello made five changes at the break, and moved Hunt into the striker’s role, and it worked a treat. Taylor made it 3-1 with a close-range header ten minutes into the second half, before Hunt added the fourth on the hour, finishing off well after good work down the right by Ryan Morris. Hunt put the icing on the cake on 72 minutes, completing his hat-trick, after he was picked out by a throw in by Morris, and raced into the box and rounded the keeper to make the final score 5-1.

Skipper Juri Galba said it was a good win and it was great moment to skipper the State squad. “We started pretty well and scored an early goal, but unfortunately we conceded a sloppy goal. Luckily, we managed to score a goal just before the half time which calmed us down, and after half time we dominated, thanks to the subs who made a huge impact in the game,” he said. “It’s always a pleasure and honour to lead the best state Amateur players. I think we had a great mix of experience and young talented players who didn't require a lot of management off the pitch so the key to the success was to make everyone confident to express their skills on the pitch, prove everyone why they deserved a spot in the state team and make a statement.”

Gold Fields State Amateur squad: Ellis Roberts (Mandurah City), Kelechi Osunwa (North Perth Utd), Thierry Bernard (North Perth Utd), Curtis Wreglesworth (Joondalup Utd), Juri Galba (captain, Wembley Downs), Sean Troup (Kwinana Utd), Liam Hunt (Quinns), Liam McManus (Quinns), Jose Zuniga (Maddington White City), Wayne Carter (Quinns), Adam Taylor (Joondalup Utd), Lucas Munoz (North Perth Utd), Luke Green (Joondalup Utd), Lewis Robinson (North Perth Utd), Alejandro Sarria (Maddington White City), Ryan Morris (Wembley Downs)

18.10.2020

GLORY SWOOP FOR FORMER DUO

Perth Glory have added former players Andy Keogh and Brandon Wilson to their squad for the A-League 2020/21 Season. Keogh returns for a third spell in Perth from Indian Super League club North East United, having previously established himself as the club’s all-time record A-League scorer with 55 goals in 122 appearances. The Republic of Ireland international also played for Leeds United, Cardiff City, Bristol City and Millwall among his former clubs.

Keogh has played in six different countries, but he will become an Australian citizen next month, and he said he is delighted to be back in the west. "I really want to help the people I care about to move the club forward," he told the club website. “I’m an experienced player and I’m confident that I can contribute both in terms of helping the team and also assisting the young players that we have with their development. This is about helping a club that I care about and I’m looking forward to what I’m sure will be a successful season."

Botswana-born Wilson returns to Glory after spending the second half of last season with Wellington Phoenix. The 23-year-old midfielder made 45 appearances for Glory, following a spell with English Premier League outfit Burnley. The Australian under 20’s representative is also delighted to be back. "I always had a great relationship with the Glory Members and fans,” he said, "so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and representing them once again. I grew up watching the team play from The Shed and always wanted to be a Perth Glory player, so it’s fantastic to have that opportunity to play for my home club again and I can’t wait for the season to begin."

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is confident that both players will make a significant contribution this term. "Andy is a fantastic player who is passionate about Perth Glory and he’s made a number of sacrifices in order to return," he said. "He wants the best for the club, we know what he brings to the side and the kind of character he is and we’re delighted to have him back on board. Brandon is another player who loves the club and is a young Perth talent with plenty to offer. He’s very versatile and exactly the kind of player and person we want in the squad to help drive the club forward." The club have said there is more signings in the pipeline, watch this space.

17.10.2020

CLUB IN PROFILE - QUINNS FOOTBALL CLUB

Quinns FC was formed in 1993 as "Joondalup City Junior Soccer Club" and had a loose affiliation with Joondalup City Soccer Club, who later became ECU Joondalup. This is the reason both clubs have very similar looking logos.

Steve Hallam, Howard Crump, Steve Reely and Paul Hollins were the founders of the club, and by 1994, 160 juniors were involved in teams that was based at Gumblossom Park in Quinns Rocks. Junior representation continued to grow over the next few years, and several years later the club officially changed their name to "The Jacks".

Juniors had always been the club's main focus, and by 2000 became one of the biggest and most successful junior clubs in Western Australia.

In 2001, the club formed senior teams for the very first time. A social team was entered to keep players at the club as they ended their junior football, and a Masters side for members over 35.

The next major change was in 2008, when the club changed its name to represent their suburb. The new name was to be Quinns FC. The following year another milestone was reached, for the first time the club saw first team and reserves football when they joined the Fifth Division of the Amateur League, and new change room and canteen facilities at Gumblossom Park. The first team had a great year, winning the championship and promotion that came with it.

In 2010, the club went from strength to strength. The juniors continued to grow, and the first team were once again champions, this time winning Division Four.

The club were now in the Amateur Third Division in 2011, and found the going tough, ending up in tenth spot. However, Quinns applied to join the newly formed State League Second Division, and were accepted to play in the new seven team league.

In 2012, the club had made it to semi-professional competition for the first time. John Evans would be the team's first senior coach in the State League, however the big jump up the leagues was not easy, and Quinns finished last.

There was to be a big improvement the following year, the team under Evans finished runners-up in the league.

In 2014, Division Two was strengthened to twelve teams, and it was to be a more difficult season, with the club ending up in ninth.

David Hall and Mick Bowers took over in 2016 as Glen Moore resigned as coach. Moore decided to put the boots back on with great defensive work during the year. It was to be a good season, with the club making the top four. The following year, the club opened it's brand new club rooms, and soon after fencing around the pitch and lighting good enough for night games was installed. On the pitch, the club had a poor start, and finished eighth. The juniors of the club were also now playing in the NPL-WA for the first time.

David Hall and Glen Moore were co-coaches in 2018 before former Perth Glory boss Ian Ferguson took over mid-way through the year. The team ended up in mid-table in sixth spot.

2019 was to be the year for Quinns FC. Ferguson signed a number of experience players and a great start to the season, gave the club hope for promotion. It ended up to be a very good year, only one loss for the whole league season and they easily won the championship.

Quinns were now in the First Division in 2020, and in the COVID-19 effected season, the club just missed out by one point to make the top six. After the completion of phase two of the league, Quinns finished eighth and will be looking to build on that next season.

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE HONOURS
Second Division winners - 2019
Second Division runners-up - 2013

14.10.2020

MAYNARD-BREWER AT HOME AT THE VALLEY

Former ECU Joondalup SC Academy goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer is closing in on a league debut for Charlton Athletic after becoming the club’s number two keeper. Maynard-Brewer swapped the Campus for south-east London in 2015 as a teenager and has spent the past five years working his way up the ranks at the Addicks. Two years ago, the keeper made his senior debut in a 1-0 EFL Trophy loss against Swansea City Under-21s. This season, he has already featured in two EFL Trophy matches.

With Ben Amos Charlton’s first-choice shot-stopper, the 21-year-old was on the bench as his back-up in the recent 0-0 League One draw with Sunderland. “I’ve played two first-team games in the EFL Trophy, one against Wimbledon and one against Brighton Under-23s, which have gone really well,” Maynard-Brewer told The World Game. “I’ve had a few Conference loans, which got me used to first-team football. And yeah, I’ve made the step in the past few weeks, which has been good. The last few years I’ve been in and around the first-team as a third keeper, learning off the other two.

“But at the moment I’ve been the number two goalkeeper, which has been good fun. I’ve been travelling to match-days, sitting on the bench and getting the cup games. Hopefully that will continue. Whenever I get the chance to play games I’ll try and do my best and take that opportunity. I’ve made the step up over the last couple of years – academy football, Under-18s, Under-23s, a few loans – so it’s all been working towards that league debut.”

After impressing in the academy and youth teams, over the past few years Maynard-Brewer has gone out on loan to Chelmsford City, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Dulwich Hamlet and Dove Athletic to gain senior experience. The keeper feels his skills have improved significantly thanks to his time at the Valley. “It’s gone quick. I left home a week or two before my 16th birthday,” he explained. “I’ve been here a long time now. It’s a completely different lifestyle. Perth is quite a small town so you grow up idolising football in the UK. When I first came over, the football aspect was unreal, being a part of it, watching games and being involved. But it was just living away from home and keeping yourself occupied away from football – that was the big challenge.

“It was a change in lifestyle but luckily I have relatives over here, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, everyone except my immediate family. So that gave me a place to visit on the weekends and get away from football every now and then. I’ve been lucky in a way, there’s been a lot of good keepers that have come through in the last five years. We’ve had Dillon Phillips, currently Ben Amos, Jed Steer, Declan Rudd, Nick Pope, who’s now obviously doing big things with Burnley and in the England national team. Over those five years I’ve had some real good goalkeepers to learn off and it’s helped me massively.”

At Charlton since 2018, Maynard-Brewer has come under the guidance of former England midfielder Lee Bowyer and ex-Norwich City keeper Andy Marshall. “It’s good. Lee’s been here a few years now,” he said. “Before that there was a lot of turnover of managers, but he got a period of time to stabilise the team and he’s done some great things in getting us promoted a few years ago. He’s also a good bloke and nice to talk to. There’s a good core group of coaches there who give you a lot of feedback when you’re playing and how to make that adjustment from academy football to first-team matches.”

Maynard-Brewer has been called up for the Young Socceroos in the past but has yet to represent Australia at youth level. He is keen to push his claims for a spot in the Olyroos squad that will compete in Tokyo next year.

“100%. I’ve been involved in a few camps over the years, I’ve gone to Spain when I was 18,” the goalkeeper said. “The last two have been in Qatar, so I’ve been in and around it in a sense but haven’t played any competitive matches, which has been a little frustrating as I’d have loved to do. But I guess it’s good in a way as I’ve been able to focus on my time at Charlton. That Olympics is something I’m really striving to put myself in the best possible position for.”

14.10.2020

NEVILLE LOANED TO EAST BENGAL

Brisbane Roar defender Scott Neville has joined Indian Super League side East Bengal on a season-long loan. The 31-year old was a regular for Brisbane across 2019/20 and put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with the club only yesterday.

“India presents a new challenge and I cannot wait to don the red and gold colours and take the field,” said Neville. “There will always be massive expectations from us and I am aware of that. I can assure the fans that we will leave no stone unturned in our bid to strive for excellence. I would like to thank the Brisbane Roar also for making this move possible.”

Neville started out at Sorrento FC before entering the A-League with Perth Glory in 2008. The right-back played four seasons with his hometown club followed by spells with Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers before returning to Glory for a further two campaigns. He joined Brisbane last June and has taken his career tally to 223 A-League appearances.

14.10.2020

GLORY GO LOCAL FOR BACKROOM STAFF

Perth Glory’s A-League and ACL games are yet to be finalised, but the club have been busy building Richard Garcia’s backroom staff, and this week they added some key appointments, and a number of local names have been added. Three former Glory players have been handed coaching roles, with former Gwelup and ECU Joondalup midfielder Steven McGarry named as the club's new A-League Assistant Coach, Ruben Zadkovich coming in to operate as both a second A-League Assistant Coach and PGFC Academy Head Coach and former Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne being appointed PGFC Academy Under-20s Head Coach.

McGarry signed for Glory in 2010 from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, this after stints at St Mirren and Ross County. He made 114 A-League appearances for Glory between 2010 and 2014, before he joined Amateur Premier Division club Gwelup Croatia, and helped the club to promotion to the State League, as well coaching the Glory NPL sides. He then headed north and signed for ECU Joondalup as a player and assistant coach, before a year as the clubs NPL Academy Technical Director of Football. He re-joined the Glory in 2018 in a similar role, a position which he will continue to fill going forward.

Coyne started his football at Dorrien Gardens, the home of Perth SC, before heading to the UK and playing for West Ham United, Dundee and over 200 games for Luton Town. He headed back to Glory in 2009 and played 32 games, and also has seven Socceroos Caps. He went in coaching at NPL side Bayswater City, and took the club to the NPL titles in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and won the State League Cup in 2013 and 2014. He won the NPL coach of the year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and also coached the WA State League side in 2014 and 2016.

Terry McFlynn, meanwhile, moves from his previous role as Academy and W-League Manager to become Football Operations Manager. McFlynn, having been one of the most decorated players in Sydney FC's history, transitioned into a key figure in the Sky Blues' administrative and coaching structure before joining Glory in 2019. Ruben Zadkovich played in England with Notts County and Derby County, before stints in the A-League with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, before a season at Glory, 2014-1, and has recently enjoyed great success as Head Coach of NPL Northern NSW side, Broadmeadow Magic.

Jesse Hesford, who was a coach at ECU Joondalup, Bayswater City and most recently the Lead Skills Development Coach & Head of Academy Performance Analysis at Glory, has been appointed as Head of First Team Performance Analysis. The club can also confirm that Jason Weber has been appointed as its new Strength and Conditioning Coach. He brings a wealth of elite-level sport experience having worked for Rugby Australia, Waratahs Rugby and the Queensland Rugby Union ahead of a 12-year stint as High-Performance Manager of the Fremantle Dockers.

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is understandably delighted to have a team with such a depth of knowledge and experience around him. "It's a strong and dynamic group that I'm really looking forward to working with," he said. "Having worked with Stevie for the last two years, I know that we're on the same page when it comes to football and in terms of our relationship, he's always ready to challenge what I do and I really like that.

“Ruben is a guy that I played with and who began his coaching career around the same time as me. He brings a great knowledge of football and is a vibrant personality who has strong opinions about football and is always trying to improve not only the tactics and formation, but also the morale and energy in the camp.

Coyney has done extremely well coaching in the NPL, played at a high level and has a deep understanding of the game. This is a chance for him to come in and work with elite players and it's vital for us to have quality coaches at that end in order to help produce the next generation of Glory players.

"Terry has already proven his value to the club since coming in last year and he'll continue to do that in his new role. "He will be an integral part of driving the football department forward in the coming months, as will Jesse as our new Head of First Team Performance Analysis. And finally, we are extremely happy to have brought Jason to the club. His expertise and experience will help us get the best out of our players and also help develop the other coaches we have in the club within the strength and conditioning field."

13.10.2020

BURNS HEADS FOR THE GLORY EXIT

Perth Glory have lost another champion with the news Jacob Burns has resigned as Football Director and will be departing the club to explore opportunities elsewhere. Burns played at Sydney United and Parramatta Power, before heading to the UK and stints at Leeds United and Barnsley. He also played at Polish club Wisla Krakow, and Romanian club Unirea Urziceni, before the former Socceroos midfielder joined Glory in 2009 as skipper and led the club to its maiden Hyundai A-League Grand Final appearance three years later.

Burns claimed the Joe Marston Medal for his performance in that 2012 Grand Final and went on to play 116 A-League games in purple before hanging up his boots in 2014. He subsequently worked as a PGFC Academy Coach, Director and Technical Director ahead of a move into the role of Football Director. Glory CEO Tony Pignata paid tribute to the major contribution made by Burns to the club in a playing, coaching and administrative capacity.

"Jacob’s achievements as a Glory player speak for themselves," he said, "and he has also been a key force in driving the club forward in his subsequent off-field roles. The major part he played in establishing the PGFC Academy as one of the best of its kind in the country adds to the impressive legacy that he leaves behind. On behalf of everyone associated with Perth Glory, I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Burns reflected fondly upon his 11-year association with the club. "I have decided that the time has come to step away and allow others to control the football direction,” he said. "I was honoured to be given the opportunity and am extremely proud of the legacy and foundations that I leave behind. During my time as Glory captain, I felt that our achievements put the club firmly back on the scene as a force within the new, modern A-League. Since retiring and moving into a variety of other roles, I feel very proud to have been involved in founding the PGFC Academy, helping the Academy gain 2-star recognition and launching our first two Academy schools.

"In terms of the senior team, I am similarly proud of our four Finals and two FFA Cup Final appearances, reaching a Grand Final played out in front of a record crowd at Optus Stadium and, of course, securing the club’s maiden Premiers’ Plate and qualification for the AFC Champions League. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye for now and I will continue to support the club I love from the stands. I would like to thank Tony, Lucy and the Sage family for their support and of course, our wonderfully loyal Members and fans."

13.10.2020

NEVILLE LOCKS IN BRISBANE FUTURE BEYOND

Brisbane Roar is pleased to announce it has locked in experienced defender Scott Neville for beyond the A-League 2020/21 campaign. One of the A-League’s most campaigned defenders, the 31-year old has penned a contract extension will see him remain at the club beyond the upcoming season.

“I’m stoked to have extended my contract here at Brisbane Roar. My wife and I love Brisbane and Queensland and it’s really exciting to have extended the contract for an additional season,” said Neville, who will be loaned out immediately to Indian club East Bengal.

“It’s also really great of the club to allow me to tick an item off my bucket list which was to play overseas. I’ve played 12 seasons in the A-League so this will be a really good adventure for me and an opportunity which was too good to pass up.” The Indian Super League is tentatively scheduled to kick-off at the end of next month.

Brisbane coach Warren Moon is pleased to lock in a player of Neville’s calibre beyond the 2020/21 season. “Scott’s record and experience speaks for itself and we’re over the moon to have his contract extended here at Brisbane Roar,” Moon said. “We wish him all the best in his first overseas journey and look forward to having him back in Brisbane orange soon.”

13.10.2020

WILLIAMS REFLECTS ON HIS FINAL DAYS WITH MIDDLESBROUGH

The moment he hit the ground at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium in January 2015, Rhys Williams knew what had happened. After nearly 12 months of rehab to recover from an Achilles injury, the Australian international was facing the prospect of another year on the sidelines and, as it turned out, the end of his Middlesbrough career.

Remarkably, the injury wasn’t related to the problem Williams had suffered 11 months earlier, yet luck was against him. “Even my surgeon said it was really unheard of, it’s just unlucky,” Williams said. “To rupture your Achilles once is quite uncommon, and then to do it twice on the same side in a different spot, it took me a while to get over it.”

After four seasons of trying to help Middlesbrough return to the Premier League, two Achilles setbacks ultimately cost Williams a chance to be a part of Aitor Karanka’s 2016 promotion-winning side. That was the year Williams left Teesside after 11 and a half years, which included a spell as captain under Tony Mowbray.

Williams lost the armband shortly before Karanka’s arrival in November 2013, a decision which was tough to take. “When Mowbray left his assistant Mark Venus came in and took over for a couple of games,” Williams explains. “He took it off me straight away, that was his decision but ultimately it hurt me a lot.”

“At the time I passed it onto Jonathan Woodgate, so not a bad person to pass it onto given the career he’s had, a player I look up to and I still speak to him. To give it to him was a bit easier but to have it taken off me by an interim manager was a bit difficult.”

Williams played in several positions during his time at Middlesbrough, including at right-back and in central midfield, but felt he could offer more in the heart of defence. “I had a conversation with Karanka when he came in and it wasn’t what we both thought it would be,” Williams reveals.

“I said to him I want to fight for the central defender position, I don’t really want to be playing right-back because it’s not my strongest position ... that’s where we disagreed. As it so happened, I got a chance at centre-back and did really well until another injury came.”

Karanka’s spell at Boro was an exciting time for the club as the Teessiders reached the 2015 play-off final before winning promotion to the Premier League a year later. Yet Williams was forced to watch from afar and didn’t feel part of that successful side.

“I feel like Karanka got backed really, really well by the chairman and the board,” Williams recalls. “When you see some of the big names come in for a Championship team, Gaston Ramirez, David Nugent, players like that was amazing. But I missed all that ... I was injured and you are not really around the team as much.”

"You are not in there with the team training every day with the banter, doing different hours and it takes its toll mentally. I was so happy to see the boys doing well in the league but ... to be at the club for so long and not be a part of the success they were getting was really difficult.”

Thankfully Williams did recover from that second Achilles injury and returned to fitness in January 2016. Unfortunately, he never felt there was a chance he could play a part in Middlesbrough’s promotion-winning campaign, and was instead loaned out to Charlton Athletic, where he made just three appearances.

“It was a really, really unsuccessful loan,” admits Williams, who returned to Australia to play for Perth Glory at the end of that season. “Even before Charlton and after Charlton I was fit but I wasn’t in any squads and you know the writing is on the wall a bit. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

“When my contract was running out I went in to see the gaffer to say I’ve had an offer from Perth Glory, I wanted to give it a go and he had no qualms about it. He was happy for me to do whatever I needed to do. After my second Achilles I think that was it for my Middlesbrough days.”

After a year with Glory Williams spent a season at Melbourne Victory before signing for Saudi Arabian club Al Qadisiyah FC in 2018. “Going to Australia first was amazing,” says Williams. “I just needed to enjoy my football again and I really enjoyed it.

“After that I got an offer from Saudi Arabia and saw the league growing, I’ve always wanted to play in a non-Western country so I thought it was a good opportunity. I want to stay here as long as possible, I really do love it here. My family is settled here, I had my daughter here, my son goes to school here and it’s amazing.”

Williams admits he did think his career was over after suffering that injury at Barnsley nearly five years ago. The West Australian, whose career began at ECU Joondalup, is therefore thankful for the opportunities he’s enjoyed since, even if his Middlesbrough career was cruelly cut short.

12.10.2020

THE A-LEAGUE IS ‘GOING BACKWARDS' SAYS HAROLD

Chris Harold was set to enter next season in the prime of his career. He is 28, fit and in favour at Central Coast Mariners, where he has another two years on his contract. But instead the attacker has ended his professional career after becoming disenfranchised with the culture of the game in Australia.

Harold had just returned to Perth when the COVID-19 lockdown came into effect. He spent the ensuing months watching the players and A-League clubs squabble over pay. And having spent the bulk of his career bickering over pay or work conditions, the latest row proved the final straw.

"Unfortunately, the nature of these negotiations that have gone on over the last six months, I think it left a bitter taste in my mouth and it left me really disenfranchised with the game in Australia," Harold said. "The way parties went about these negotiations didn't motivate me to be a part of it any longer."

The decision was difficult for Harold but it was made easier by the fact he had options. While most players are forced into retirement, Harold had the luxury of choice. A contract until 2022 provided him with long-term security but opportunities were also emerging as a lawyer. He recently received a law degree, which took nine years to finish while balancing part-time studies with a career as a footballer.

Harold had planned on transitioning to law when his playing days came to an end somewhere in his 30s. He has plenty in his tank physically but simply ran out of patience with the game. "These feelings were starting to bubble away as soon as I came home," he explained. "As time passed, it felt like we were going nowhere, going backwards and it helped me with the decision I wanted to make."

"I have spoken to a lot of my friends in the league and a lot of players have felt the same way I have felt about the whole process. The difference for me is I had an alternative. For a lot of guys out there, football is everything and they are very reliant on that being their only career."

Harold will begin working with a law firm in Perth, having already undertaken some legal work with the players' union, Professional Footballers Australia, in recent months. His aim is to work his way into environmental and planning law. He has a passion for the environment.

"I already have work lined up at a law firm in the city of Perth. For me, my transition has been an utterly seamless one," Harold said. "It's not as if I didn't have the option to continue playing in the game but having an education and external interests away from the game is something I have really pride myself on."

12.10.2020

ON-TARGET KERR PRAISED AFTER CHELSEA WIN

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has been singled out for praise from coach Emma Hayes after she was on target in her teams 3-1 home win over Manchester City. Hayes was thrilled by the 27-year old's contribution in the match between arguably the two favourites to win the Women's Super League title.

"I'm so happy for Sam Kerr today, I'm so happy the ball's gone in," said Hayes after watching her combine brilliantly with England international Fran Kirby all game. "The service Fran gave her was tremendous. Sam works her socks off. There's a huge expectation and you could see the way the team reacted (to her goal) - they were over the moon for her."

Norway's Maren Mjelde had put Chelsea ahead with a penalty in the 36th minute, before a perfectly-weighted cross from Kirby after the break presented Kerr with a tap-in for her third league goal of the season. Chloe Kelly pulled one back for City but soon after Kirby latched on to a long ball to make it 3-1.




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