Goonellabah soccer player Kaiden Powell has been selected in the Australian Indigenous team.
Goonellabah soccer player Kaiden Powell has been selected in the Australian Indigenous team. Mitchell Craig

Powell powers ahead

GOONELLABAH soccer player Kaiden Powell has been rewarded for a breakout season with selection in the Australian indigenous team.

The 27-year-old will join the train-on squad after impressive performances at the national championships in Nowra.

"It's a big achievement to be able to represent my culture and my people,” Powell said.

"I was sitting at home with my partner and when she said I had made the team I was shaking for the next hour just thinking about it.

"I've never been as committed as I have been this year and I've just started really enjoying my soccer again.

"I'm a lot more grounded now and have that confidence within myself while finding the passion for the game again.

"I put in the extra work outside our normal training and things just started to pan out from there.

"It all looks quite promising for the years to come if I keep pushing myself in the right direction.”

Selectors had a talent pool of 16 men's teams to pick from at the National Indigenous Football Championships at Nowra.

The side is eyeing of an overseas tour of New Zealand where they will play the national side and Maori representative team.

Powell is also on the move today after taking up an offer to play with Newcastle team Broadmeadow Magic in the National Premier League.

He plays centre midfield with the team coached by former Socceroo Ruben Zadkovich who also played that position.

"Soccer is definitely growing in the indigenous community and there is a lot of talent out there,” Powell said.

"I'm not getting any younger so now is the time for me if I want to play in the A-League or overseas.

"I've got an opportunity in Newcastle and it all comes back to me with the effort and work I to put into it.

"My main focus at the start of the year was just about being the best player I could be for Goonellabah and I really found a good home at the Hornets.”



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