Former Lossiemouth player Darren Bailey is enjoying life Down Under and his highlight so far is scoring a sensational free kick for Yoggali Soccer Club to defeat Hanwood 2-1 in the Grand final to clinch the Griffith & District Football Association Premiership title.
He said: “Last season went great, we played some good football and made the grand final and managed to win it so in the end it couldn’t have gone any better.
“It was a great accomplishment to come over here and help the team get the win it was an important year for us all and we all wanted the same thing, to win the grand final so to have done that was just such an amazing feeling!
“That goal won the grand final for Yoogali Soccer Club this year so it was very important to everyone throughout the club, it brought us our first premiership in 3 years so it was great for the club! Yes I would say it is the best goal I have ever scored and I don’t think in 1000 retakes I’d be able to do it again like that, it was like it was just meant to be.”
Bailey insists that the quality football is improving out in Australia and found it difficult to say who the best player he plays alongside is.
He said: “The quality of football is alright they are pushing to improve it over here which is a good thing, this next year coming the association has made a step in that direction by creating a Riverina team which will play in the Canberra capital league next year.
“The best player I’ve played with that’s very hard, I’d say there was 3 who were all up there with how they play. They’d be Sean Bremner, Joey Preece and Stueey Smeeth all in their own way are the best players I’ve played with.”
He praised his former club Lossiemouth and feels the Highland League race is open.
He said: “ Lossiemouth have had a stellar season so far which is what they deserve they are a great club full of great boys who all want to win for one another there is no superstars in that team it’s all about getting the result with your best mate beside you and having his back no matter what.
“It’s great to see the club having so much success that they have worked so hard to achieve! “This year it’s an open title race I reckon there could be 3 teams still in with a shot come the end of the season.”