Thanks to Soccer World, with stores in Brisbane’s north at Stafford and south at Mt Gravatt, this week we catch up with a player whose current coach has described him as a “fantastic talent”. Learn more about the Sunshine Coast Fire’s Kobe Fuller.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and your first junior club?
KF: When I was about four years old, I loved watching my older brother Jair play and started joining in his training sessions at our local club the Woombye Snakes and eventually signed up when I turned five.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
KF: My junior years started at Woombye Snakes under five through to under nines. I then moved to Maroochydore with my brother where my representative football started at under 12 for the Sunshine Coast Junior Premier League squad. I played there until the NPL licence was handed to Sunshine Coast Fire at under 14 level and continued to play in the NPL. I was selected in the Skills Acquisition Program and Queensland Academy of Sport representative programmes over the next couple of years where I enjoyed being involved at the highest level.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
KF: I have been lucky enough to travel interstate for selected teams over the years and be amongst some well-respected coaches & players
QSN: What have been your greatest individual and team moments?
KF: My greatest individual effort was scoring a hat trick for Queensland at the nationals. My highlight from a team point of view would be our under 15 Fire team’s overall performance for the year where we scored over 100 goals and finished runners up in the NPL.
QSN: You’ve have had a break out season this year with the Sunshine Coast Fire with some great performances in the League and FFA Cup. What do you attribute your good form to
KF: A lot of it has come down to proving myself to a new a coach that I had no previous connection with. Also being a junior player selected in the seniors I wanted to prove to the coaching staff that I was worthy of my selection.
QSN: You were invited to the Central Coast Mariners last year, tell us how that came about and what you gained from that experience.
KF: My under 16 coach Daniel Carew had a contact that he spoke to and provided some footage and statistics of my previous seasons. I was invited for an initial week’s trial and I received some decent feedback and was asked to trial for the upcoming NYL season where I gained a train-on contract.
Being in grade 12, I decided to finish school and concentrate on that with the hope that I would get another opportunity later in the year. Training with the senior men and youth team at the Mariners has prepared me well for my debut senior year in the NPL.
QSN: Sunshine Coast Fire are still alive in the FFA Cup and face an in-form Surfers Paradise on June 11. Tell us what the Cup competition means to you and the Fire?
KF: As a team, we want to obviously go as far as we can this year as previously we have not made it past the local rounds. As a club, it would be massive to get into the final 32
QSN: What are your personal goals for the 2016?
KF: To try and cement my spot in the seniors at the Fire and put a few goals in the back of the net on the way. My main goal is to gain another trial and hopefully get to the next level with a professional club.
QSN: What are your long term aspirations?
KF: To make a professional career out of the sport I love
QSN: You’ve seen plenty of football coming through the ranks. What is your assessment of the quality of the young footballers coming through in Queensland?
KF: Seeing the talent at our Fire academies, I believe the future of football in Queensland is bright. The amount of kids getting involved in the game is a significant change. I believe from this, the depth of competitions locally and state wide will match all other codes.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
KF: Anthony Caceres for sure at the Mariners last year. He was unbelievably technical and had a great mind for game. I believed he was head and shoulders above any player I have seen play or played against.
QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
KF: I have no superstitions but I do enjoy listening to my music before games.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
KF: Chocolate thick shake, Rap, Double Quarter pounder, Paul Pogba and Chelsea.
QSN: Who is your most influential coach or main football influence and why?
KF: During my junior footballing years, I have 3 people that stand out all with different attributes that I took things from to this day from in terms of hard work paying off, technical ability and ticker.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
KF: I enjoy Rugby League and played fullback for the school so I reckon NRL for sure
Thanks Kobe for joining us and we wish you every success in the next step of your footballing career.
Kobe’s Sunshine Coast Fire has been showing gradual signs of improvement in recent weeks and they’ll need to be up for it as they host the NPL league leaders FNQ Heat on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is at 2pm at the Kawana Football Club.
The weekend after comes the moment of truth as the Fire travel down the M1 to play off for a spot in the final 32 of the FFA Cup against the Gold Coast Premier League’s Surfers Paradise. Kickoff is at 5pm at Lex Bell Oval on Saturday 11 June.
Name: Kobe Fuller
Nationality : Australian
Age : 17
Nickname : Carl
Height : 180 cm
Preferred Position/s: Striker
Career Highlights: Queensland Representative