Jarrod Kyle, like every young footballer, dreams of playing at the highest level possible. After spending just over two years learning his trade in England with Sheffield Wednesday, the 2011/12 Academy Player of the Year, is back home to continue his journey at senior level. The National Premier Leagues Queensland competition is where Kyle is hoping to relaunch his career.
“It’s good to be back playing in my home state after being away for a few years as it gives me the chance to play football and be around my family and friends a lot more,” Kyle told Football Central.
After short stints with HAL side Sydney FC and QPL side Palm Beach FC, the powerful striker is lining up for last season’s runners-up, Brisbane City.
“I chose to play for Brisbane City this season because I felt like after last season they were a strong team, in contention to win the title after making it to the grand final.
“Also at this level I’ve found that City have been been more professional in the way they run the club which helps us players on match day as we have had a good organised week of training.”
It’s not just trophies Kyle has in his sights on, like many of his peers, he sees the NPL as a great stage to showcase his talents. No surprise A-League eyes as well as those further afield will be watching to unearth some hidden gems in Australia’s second tier. Currently, Kyle’s teammate Kenny Dougall is trialing with Eredivisie’s, s.c.Heerenveen after the midfielder impressed last season.
“It gives not only the players but the clubs also the chance to be noticed by other states and being only one league down from the national league, it’s a prime spotlight for players to get seen from a-league clubs especially if the players are in form,” said Kyle.
“Although it’s part time at this level, the NPL do a good job to sustain professionalism throughout the league making it tough and competitive for all teams.
“There is always someone watching so it’s just up to the players to perform and hopefully get a chance with a full-time club either in Australia or abroad.”