David's kicking goals
ON his football odyssey to Germany and England last year, David Kinnear had a small taste of the life of a professional footballer.
It was a flavour to the liking of the former McAuley Catholic College student.
On his return to the Clarence Valley, Kinnear had only one thing on his mind - knuckling down and making sure his dreams of playing professional soccer became a reality.
Kinnear's hard work finally payed off when Sunshine Coast FC in Queensland offered the 18-year-old a one-year contract with their under-21 youth team.
Kinnear said he was excited to start his professional career after months of football camps and tours.
“I went over to Germany and England and played against clubs like Bolton Wanderers and Cardiff City,” he said.
“I was at a Bolton Wanderers camp in Brisbane when I was picked out by scouts from Sunshine Coast FC.”
Kinnear had to compete against around 50 other talented youngsters to secure his place on the under-21 team, but after two trials held over three months, was named in the 15-man squad.
His power game has already impressed the Sunshine coaching staff, with the young striker bagging a hat-trick in a pre-season game and coming close to setting up the first goal in the club's opening game of the season.
It is a style of play which Kinnear has based on Ivory Coast and Chelsea forward Didier Drogba.
“I just like his strength, his pace and his eye for goal,” he said.
Kinnear said he had settled into his new life, with training and his study at the University of Sunshine Coast eating up much of his time.
“It's great, I love it ... I live right next to the beach,” he said.
“I really enjoy my degree (sport and exercise science) because I understand it and it works well with my training and fitness.”
Kinnear said now he had one foot in the door, a career in the A League was next on his radar.
“We have a few of the (Queensland) Roar youth league boys in the under-21 squad,” he said.
“I'm definitely working towards that. I'm working and training really hard.”
Kinnear hopes an overseas career one day beckons, but unlike many of Australia's young footballing talent, he has decided to buck the trend of leaving this country's burgeoning football landscape too early.
“We have a group of good boys (at Sunshine Coast FC) and it is a great place to improve,” he said.
“Once I establish myself I'll see where it takes me ... a few of the overseas coaches said I had the skills to play at a higher level.
“I'd like to play in France, Germany, and Asia ... when I played in England it was really physical and very fast, but I think it suited me well.”
However, at the pinnacle of Kinnear's football aspirations sits a green and gold jersey.
“It would be an absolute dream to play for the Socceroos,” he said.