Adam Powell

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This week we catch up with a recent arrival to our shores and he’s made an immediate impact on the Gold Coast as part of the league leaders Broadbeach United. He was the talk of the match for varying reasons after the recent FFA Cup match between Broady and Palm Beach, this week we catch up with Adam Powell as part of our ‘Off The Pitch’ series.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?

AP: My first memories of playing football were in pre-school so it is something I was interested in as a toddler and I know seeing David Beckham playing when I was younger was a big influence for me as he was the ideal role model. As I got older Steven Gerrard became a more relatable role model as we both play the same position.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history?

AP: I played locally around Worcester in the UK until I was 15 where I got scouted for Cheltenham Town FC when I was at Worcester City FC and since then I was at Cheltenham for 4 yearss, with one year at schoolboy level, two years as an apprentice then one year as a pro. During my apprentice and professional years I went on loan to a couple of semi-pro clubs to gain experience in senior football which I found to be really important in my development.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

AP: Football has been a huge part of my life for as far I can remember and has allowed me to meet so many people who have benefitted me and helped me along the way so far. The biggest opportunity I have had outside of playing football has definitely been getting my FA Level 2 coaching badge as this has helped me to develop my skills and knowledge as a coach and give me the chance to come over to Australia and learn different ways and methods of coaching over here.

QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Broadbeach?

AP: Really enjoying it so far, they’re a great bunch of lads and the club as a whole is such a friendly and welcoming place which has made it really easy to settle in. Everybody involved with the club from the groundsman to the physio Leon Bell are all working towards achieving success for the club. We’re doing well in the league and cup and the boys are confident of keeping it up and making sure we’re in a strong position at the end of the season.

QSN: Now you scored a peach in the FFA Cup clash with Palm Beach from the halfway line, talk us through it?

AP: We mentioned at half time that there keeper is playing miles off his line and that if you get a chance then have a go at lobbing him, so it was in the back of my mind as we went out for the second half. I picked the ball up just inside our own half and got the ball out of my feet and knew straight away to try and beat the keeper so I just focused on striking it as sweet as I could and thankfully it paid off!

QSN: How are you adapting to life down under?

AP: I feel like I’ve adapted and settled in really well. I’m enjoying my football and doing a load of coaching to go with that and my whole lifestyle at the moment is perfect for me. I love meeting new people and doing new things and I’ve been able to do both since being over here and I’m looking forward for all of that to continue.

QSN: How was the adjustment from English football to Gold Coast football?

AP: It’s not too different in terms of the systems and formations. I’ve found the biggest difference is it is less physical over here and teams look to pass the ball around more and are less direct so if anything the football over here actually suits me more because it’s easier for me to get on the ball and dictate play.

QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?

AP: The best player I have played with would be Jerome Sinclair when I was about 13 and training with West Bromwich Albion. He is a striker and he was bought by Liverpool soon after I had finished at West Brom and has recently been playing in the first team for Liverpool in the Premier League

QSN: What is it like playing under Lee Vernon compared to your previous managers/Coaches?

AP: It’s the first time I have played for a player/manager and I am really enjoying it. I have a lot of respect for Lee because the changes he makes or the training drills we do will always be game related and relative due to the fact he will also be playing in that same side so will understand what needs to be done differently and needs changing.

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

AP: Chocolate milkshake, house music, chicken, Steven Gerrard and Liverpool!

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

AP: I used to play a lot of cricket when I was younger so I’d have to say cricket!

Thanks very much for catching up with us Adam and all the best for your time in Australia. Adam will be in action for Broadbeach United in the BLK Gold Coast Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they make the short trip to Surfers Paradise with kickoff at 5pm.

Adam Powell 

Nationality – English

Age – 19

Height – 1.88m

Preferred Positions – Centre Midfield, Centre Half

Career Highlights – First professional contract, reaching the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup two years in a row as an apprentice.

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