PHOTO: Kaiden Powell (left) in action for Goonellabah FC during their 2016 pointscore competition clash against Lismore Richmond Rovers, at Bill Harris Field.
Congratulations are extended to Kaiden Powell for his selection in the Australian Indigenous Football Squad.
The now former Goonellabah FC midfielder won selection in this prestigious group after a series of outstanding performances for Dhubu Dinwan at the recent National Championships in Nowra. Powell was invited to participate in the team comprising players from Orange and Dubbo, based on his reputation as a very talented player during his previous playing history in that region. The past three seasons have seen Powell plying his skills in the Football Far North Coast competition and 2016 was arguably his best season, as he excelled in the Goonellabah FC midfield during their charge towards winning the Men’s Premier Division Pointscore trophy. An unfortunate suspension for “receiving a red card after two cautions in the same game” nullified Powell’s eligibility for potential selection in the 2016 FFNC Team of the Year, but being named in the National Indigenous squad vindicates his brilliant form this year.
Further opportunities exist for the enigmatic and talented Powell after being identified by the strong semi-professional club Broadmeadow Magic FC from Newcastle, following his solid performance in the 2016 FFNC Men’s Premier Division grand final. Head Coach at Magic, former Socceroo Ruben Zadkovich liked what he saw and Powell is on his way to Newcastle aiming to seize a chance to pursue his career. “Magic have been very enthusiastic and supportive,” Powell said. “The club has arranged accommodation and work, so I am excited about getting a chance to play football at a higher level and to challenge myself further.”
Although FFNC will miss the skills and competitiveness of Kaiden Powell, we applaud yet another local product who offers more evidence that the region has plenty of talented players participating.
Well done Kaiden and we wish you an injury free season in 2017 and we look forward to hearing great reports about your football performances.