Off the Pitch – Alex Warrilow

This week we catch up with a player that was part of the Brisbane Premier League last year with Capalaba, spent the off-season in Costa Rica and has returned to Brisbane to try and push Logan Lightning to their first Premier League finals appearance. He also scored a ripper of a goal last year, get to know Alex Warrilow.


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

AW: I was introduced into football through my friends. In England when we were bored we would just go kick a ball about in the park or on the road. We would put our jumpers down and play. My biggest influence is my dad, he is always encouraging me to work harder.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.

AW: I’ve been lucky to have a lot of opportunities in different teams; Wynnum Wolves, Redlands, Capalaba and now Logan but my greatest accomplishment was playing professionally in Costa Rica which I just recently returned from. It was an amazing experience and I hope another opportunity to play professional comes to me very soon!

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

AW: As previously stated playing in Costa Rica. I feel as though it gave me the experience and ability that if a game changes into a different style of play I can adapt to it as South American football is one to two touch football and it is very fast paced whereas Australian football is more physical and you get a bit more time on the ball.

QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Logan Lightning?

AW: Logan is a great club the lads and the coaching staff are all really friendly guys. They make you feel very welcome!

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

AW: The best player I’ve played with is a lad in Costa Rica called Axel. The way he could pick the ball up and run at the defence was just unbelievable

QSN: Now you have scored some crackers in your time, what is your favourite goal that you have ever scored?

AW: It’s a close one between my bicycle kick and the 2014 Goal of the Year 2014 volley but I think the volley against North Star tops the list!

QSN: How was the experience of playing overseas in Costa Rica?

AW: It was an unbelievable experience learning a new style of football and trying to adapt to the language change and culture. For the first couple of weeks it was a hard task but motivation from my family back home, making time to speak with them everyday helped me a lot. It made it the most amazing experience and I hope to do a similar sort of thing again!

QSN: How does Nick Croyden (Logan Lightning coach) compare to your previous coaches?

AW: Nick’s a very different coach to what I’ve had before he focuses on each player individually and how you can help the team. You always look forward to training because you know it’s going to be a fun session

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

AW: Ice tea. Anything except heavy metal. BBQ Marinated Steak. Past Idol – Zidane, Present Idol – Iniesta. Liverpool

QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?

AW: Away from the football pitch I have just started at McGrath Real Estate as an agent. I love talking to people and the buzz you get from selling a house is similar to scoring a goal, who wouldn’t enjoy that?

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

AW: I love to play golf, I’m no good at it but it relaxes you and it’s great to get out with mates and have a laugh.

QSN: Thanks Alex for taking time out to catch up with us and best of luck for the remainder of the season. Logan Lightning are at home this Saturday at Cornubia Park, 6:30pm kickoff for their match against Peninsula where they will be looking to gain all three points to keep their finals aspirations alive.

Alexander Warrilow

Nationality – English

Age – 20

Nickname – Wazza

Height – 5’8″

Preferred Positions – Anywhere in the midfield, I prefer to be more attacking however.

Career Highlights – Playing in Costa Rica. Being called up for the Australian Schoolboys Futsal team. 2014 Football Brisbane Goal of the year.