In this week’s Soccer World Off The Pitch, we catch up with a player who’s come out from Scotland and made an impression at a club that has been flying high in the early part of the Brisbane Premier League season. Get to know more about Andrew MacAskill
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and what was your first junior club?
AM: My dad played football at amateur level in Scotland and I would always go along with him and kick a ball around. When I was about 5 years old, I joined my local team, Dyce Boys Club and played there for several years.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
AM: I played boys club football until I was 16 when I signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle who play in the Scottish Premier League. I played there for three years, two of which were full time, before going on to play for Keith FC and Turriff United in the Scottish Highland League.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
AM: It has given me the opportunity to travel and to meet some great people, some who are now friends for life.
QSN: What are your greatest individual and team moments in football?
AM: Individually, getting a full time contract with Inverness was a big achievement and is something that as a kid you want to try and achieve. More recently, I was named in the Highland League team of the year for 2015 which I was pleased with as there are a lot of good players in the league.
As a team there is nothing better than winning trophies and winning the Highland League Cup in 2013 with Keith FC and Aberdeenshire Shield with Turriff United in 2015. They are two medals I look back at with great pride.
QSN: You have had a well publicised move from Scotland to play with Holland Park Hawks in 2016. Can you tell us how you came to be in Brisbane and what attracts you about playing football in Queensland.
AM: Marek Madle, who played for the Hawks last season came from the same league I was playing in. Due to how well Marek did, David Reid (Holland Park Hawks president) had posted that the club would be interested in bringing over more players and it was something I really fancied so I got in touch and here I am.
QSN: What are your goals for the 2016?
AM: From a personal point of view I’m just wanting to enjoy my football and try and contribute to the team as much as I can. As a team I think we have to look to try and get in to the top four of the BPL. We have a lot of quality in the dressing room and anything less than top four would be disappointing.
QSN: What are your longer terms aspirations?
AM: In football terms I’m not really looking beyond this season. I’m going to try and enjoy it as much as I can and see what happens from there.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
AM: It’s hard to pick the best player I have played with but it would probably be between Graeme Shinnie who is now at Aberdeen FC or Stuart Armstrong who is currently at Celtic FC.
The best player I’ve played against is a guy called Darren Cole who is now at Livingston FC. I couldn’t get near him for 90 minutes!
QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions
AM: No, nothing out of the ordinary. I just make sure I get a good sleep the night before and eat properly in the build up to a game.
QSN: Who was you most influential coach or main football influence and why?
AM: My Dad has always been a big influence on my football. He is always ready to tell me what I did wrong after a game. Other than him, my old manager at Keith FC, Darren Still was really good for me. Coming out of full time football at 19, it was easy to drift out of the game but he looked after me and got me back enjoying my football.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
AM: At the moment I am just doing a bit of coaching with the kids at Holland Park and trying to get out and see as much of Brisbane as I can.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
AM: Golf. I play a bit at the moment but I’m pretty terrible. Maybe if I didn’t play football and had more time I could get myself to a decent standard.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
AM: A nice pint of lager, Kanye West, Mexican, Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Rangers.
Thanks for taking time out to talk to us Andrew and we wish you well for the 2016 season. No game this weekend for the Holland Park Hawks due to the Easter break but a big clash on Saturday week against Logan Lightning down at Cornubia Park.
Holland Park also have set up a FFA Cup clash against Lions for the second year in a row that will be played after Easter. The Hawks will be looking to repeat their round two Premier League victory against the reigning Premiers.
Nationality : Scottish
Age : 23
Nickname : Amac
Height : 5 ft 8
Preferred Position/s: Attacking midfield
Career Highlights: Winning the Highland League Cup in 2013 with Keith FC and Aberdeenshire Shield with Turriff United in 2015