The first episode of PS4 Player Pathway Ones to Watch’ kicked off this week, hosted by Fox Sports presenter Adam Peacock.
Peacock, who is an ambassador for the growth of football, believes that the National Premier League could be the catalyst for finding Australia’s next big thing in football. Hence his commitment to travelling around Australia to find Australia’s next A-League star.
In an interview with THE TURF earlier this year, Peacock said that Australia’s next star could be at our doorstep.
“This is the type of opportunity that only comes once for some of these players. Who knows, we could find a hidden talent that could one day be our next Tim Cahill. Look at Jai Ingham, he is a perfect example of the type of talent that can be scouted at grassroots and NPL level”.
The first player to be introduced in the eight part series is Teeboy Kamara. You may not remember him, but he debuted in the A-League for Adelaide United at the age of just 15.
Kamara has jumped his fair share of hurdles throughout his playing career. Arriving in Australia as a young refugee from war-torn Liberia, Kamara took an interest in football.
At the age of 15, Kamara had landed himself a three year senior contract at Adelaide United in 2011. Kamara’s professional career soon took a turn, learning of an illness that would keep him out for an extended period.
Playing out of the NPL WA in Perth for Stirling Lions, Kamara hopes the PS4 Player Pathway program provides as an alternate avenue into the Hyundai A-League.
There is no doubt the gap between NPL and the A-League is shrinking by the day. In the last week, we have seen two A-League outfits trumped by NPL sides.
Earlier in the year, FFA CEO David Gallop spoke about the importance of the Player Pathway Award.
“Pathway Award is yet another significant step in connecting the second tier and the Hyundai A-League. As it unearths the stars of the future and further identifies talent from across the NPL,” said Gallop.