This week we catch up with a player trying to forge his way through the NPL Queensland at Brisbane City. Get to know more about young forward, Ryan Roderick.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?
RR: I don’t actually remember how it all started. I suppose my dad got me into it when I was about seven and I liked it immediately. However, I do remember after one of the under seven games that I was asked to stay back and play with the older age group and you could say that was when I started getting heavily involved.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history?
RR: I started off playing for The Gap Gators in under sevens and left the club at under thirteens or fourteens to go and play in the Rebel Sport Junior Premier League which was the best league at the time. I was with Brisbane City for about two or three years before moving over to Olympic until I was seventeen, mid-last season. The reason I moved back to Brisbane City is because I would get more exposure to first team football and I certainly have got since moving back so everything has been well.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
RR: Football has given me the chance to travel all over Queensland as well as to Sydney with Olympic FC for some AC Milan Cup matches which we did well in. I also got to travel to Japan in a Queensland Schoolboys team about seven years ago and it was an incredible experience .
QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Brisbane City?
RR: Brisbane City has been good despite not getting the results that we would hope for. When I first came to City, I immediately realised that they are always trying to get younger players involved. I was given a chance soon after arriving by Glen Volker (former Brisbane City coach) in the first team and I think I did okay seeing I am still relatively new to first team football. Despite Glen’s departure, the club is still continuing to give younger players a taste of first team football and that is something important to keep players motivated down the track.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
RR: This is a difficult question as I was subject to some of the best players in the NPL previously at Olympic FC. However, one player I have always admired at Olympic without a doubt would be Kazuya Ito. I believe he is the complete footballer; he is both a defensive and attacking weapon at the same time. Kazu isn’t your typical player; he can turn a nothing play into a goal scoring opportunity out of nothing. Kazu, could knock 40 yard balls onto someone’s foot, could beat players and create numerous opportunities, left foot, right foot and defensively superb. He could play anywhere on the field and be the best out there. I hope I can play with him again one day as he could get 30% more out of me. He knows how to play the game, he knows how I play the game and he gave me the best opportunity at doing my best.
QSN: You moved over to Brisbane City from Olympic FC, how do the two compare as a whole?
RR: They are both great clubs with a lot of history; however I have a mixed decision about them both. Brisbane City will give you a better chance at breaking into first team football whereas Olympic will make you wait a lot longer to get your shot. In saying that, I have developed a lot at Brisbane City as I have been given the chance to play week in week out, though have developed almost equally at Olympic despite being on the bench every game as the quality of players and training was almost perfect. I respect both these clubs equally though there is a huge rivalry between the two clubs.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
RR: A nice cold coke never goes to waste with me! RNB, Hip Hop. Love my Pizza. Ronaldo of course, the man is a freak. Real Madrid.
QSN: How does Darron Heseldon compare to your previous coaches?
RR: I’ve known “Hessi” since the start of the season. Since given the role as the first team coach, I have begun to respect him more each week. This is because he always singles myself out and tries to coach me personally along with the rest of the team, whereas other coaches just work as a whole. He puts in a lot of time, it’s a shame we are doing better.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
RR: I graduated last year and am taking a gap year to work and hopefully progress in my football. If I’m not doing my own training with football I’ll most likely be at the gym as I treat it as a hobby and like to keep fit.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
RR: If I didn’t play football it would be a sport like tennis as you are completely dependent on yourself on becoming a professional whereas with football you rely on other peoples performances to help yours as well.
QSN: Well thanks Ryan for catching up with us, it’s been interesting to get to know your background and we wish you all the best for your football future. Ryan’s Brisbane City is making the long trek to the far north this weekend in a special occasion as the state football stage returns to Mareeba. FNQ Heat are taking their home game on the road against Brisbane City, kickoff is at 6pm.
Nationality – Australian
Age – 18
Nickname – Rodders
Height – Just under 6’2
Preferred Positions – Anywhere along the front, left wing preferably
Career Highlights – Queensland Schoolboys trip to Japan.