Thanks to Soccer World, Queensland’s leading boutique football retailer, we catch up with a player whose come out from his native land with lofty goals while he’s here. This week, get to know a little more about Kieran Sanders from the FNQ Heat.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and what was your first junior club?
KS: My father took me down to Oxford City Colts (in the UK) who were a good team with some class players.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
KS: I played local football then went to Oxford United. I played my youth football for Kidlington and played for the under 16’s and 18’s county teams. On my 16th birthday, I made my debut for the Kidlington senior team. After doing well there, I moved on to Northleigh before a short spell with Oxford City.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
KS: Football has given me some really good opportunities. I have made some really good friends and had a good craic and learnt a lot from my manager and coaches
QSN: What have been some of your greatest individual and team moments?
KS: Winning the youth league and getting the Golden Boot was pretty special. Securing the Oxfordshire Senior Cup was also a highlight.
QSN: Your early form for FNQ Heat has been excellent. What are your personal goals for the 2016?
KS: Yes i’ve done well but there is still loads of hard work to do. I’m just going to get my head down and work hard. I want to win the Golden Boot, the league and the FFA Cup.
QSN: What are your longer terms aspirations?
KS: I want to play in the A-League
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
KS: The best player I played with is Elliot Osbourne Ricketts and Matthew Taylor. They are both class players
QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
KS: I eat the same food on game day and have to cut my socks of at the bottom. I also listen to Meek Mill to get hyped up.
QSN: What is your most embarrassing moment on the football pitch?
KS: When I played right back and got dragged after 28 minutes
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
KS: Lemon and lime iced tea, I like all music but it really depends on my mood, My favourite food is my nannys roast dinner, Brazilan Ronaldo and Liverpool
QSN: Who was you most influential coach or main football influence and why?
KS: Mark Gee and Malcolm McIntosh, they are the best manager and coach I have worked with as they brought out the best in me.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
KS: I like to have the craic with the boys. I coach kids how to play soccer and I also like going to the gym.
QSN: Do you have a passion away from football?
KS: I have got a passion to coach children in Far North Queensland and use the attributes I have learned to help them to progress to the the highest level of the game.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
KS: I would be a boxer. I had a boxing fight back in July in England
Thanks Kieran and good luck with those lofty goals for this year. FNQ Heat have a tough test this weekend in order to keep their perfect record intact going into the Easter break with Gold Coast City travelling to Cairns on Saturday night. Kickoff is 6:30pm at Barlow Park.
Name: Kieran Sanders
Height: 5′ 8″
Preferred Position: Stiker
Career Highlights: Coming to Australia to play