The name Kearyn Baccus hit in the media around 2010 when he moved to join the French side Le Man’s and became one of the Australian from New South Wales pursuing football career in Europe. By then, he was a promising player in the Sydney FC’s youth team, which he had joined back in 2008. But what happened to his career, and how is he doing right now?
From Le Man’s Baccus later trialled at Real Sociedad and Mallorca in Spain as well as Duisburg in Germany. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in Europe. He would later come back home to try to launch his career with local clubs. His first team from Europe in the then Hyundai A-league was Perth Glory on a short-term deal. But he was disappointed by his performance due to injury and lack of fitness. This made it impossible to remain in the A-league.
After a couple of months at Perth, Baccus chose to move back to Sydney where he joined Blacktown City. The team was playing in the New South Wales Premier League. During the interview with Football Central, he acknowledged that he was unable to settle in Perth. ‘I spent a couple of months at Perth and it difficult to settle in due to injury and lack of fitness,” he said the 22-year-old.
However, he made it clear that he didn’t regret anything that had happened in his football career so far. But he mentioned that given another chance to do it again, he would work harder and spend more time in Europe.
Baccus aim was to play at a lower league to regain his form and shot back to the A-league. At Blacktown, he would be a semi-pro footballer- that means working and play. As he said during an interview with Football Central back in 2013, going to a send tier group was a very difficult move for the midfielder.
According to the 22-year-old then, settling back into life and football back home had been a big challenge since he came back from Europe. Then, moving down the ladder to the second tier was the team was not an easy thing. However, he was happy that he was regaining his form. According to the Demons Head Coach, Mark Crittenden, he gave a lot of credit to Baccus for his form during the interview with Football Central.
Crittenden was impressed by his style of playing. He was already adapting to the Blacktown City style of playing when we interviewed him. During the 2013-2014 season, he scored several goals and made numerous assists that improved the team performance on NSWPL. That season, The Demon finished 3rd in the league.
It was his improved performance and form that Hyundai A-league clubs started developing interest in him. On 6 November 2014, he joined the Western Sydney Wanderers through an injury replacement contract. However, the impressive performance from the 23-year-old at Wanderers would earn him a contract to play in the Asian Champions League and later becoming a first-team member for the following two seasons – 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
He would then join Melbourne City FC in October 2018 from Wanderers on an injury replacement contract. He played at AANI Park for 2018-2019 season before signing a three-year deal with South African side Kaizer Chiefs where is currently playing.
Kearyn Baccus football journey shows the dedication and passion for football. Coming from being a prospect in Europe big leagues to coming back home and starting launching the career from scratch and made it back to the elite league shows the huge dedication him. Today, he is among the successful professional footballers of his time.