18 June, Sydney, NSW:: Ben McNamara, who currently plays custodian for NSW Premier League competition leaders Bonnyrigg White Eagles, flies out today for formal trials with European clubs AFC Wimbledon and Doncaster Rovers in the UK and Irish Premier Division club Shamrock Rovers.
Pending the outcome, McNamara may also take up an invitation to go to Malmo FC in Sweden to showcase his goalkeeping skills, which have been honed in a succession of solid Australian clubs like Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Rockdale City Suns and the Newcastle Jets FC over a career spanning 10 years. During the coming weeks/months, the plan is for him to experience some solid training and several trial games in the United Kingdom with a view to a long-term stay as part of the next chapter in his playing career.
Football Focus International (FFI) Managing Director, David O’Keefe said,” Ben has quite rightly decided the time is now right to make the move overseas after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunity and interest from any of the A-League clubs in Australia. This is despite a positive track record with the Newcastle Jets FC back in 2007/2008, and also having been in outstanding form in the NSW Premier League (NSWPL) competition for the past two seasons.”
He continued, “Ben is one of the most dedicated footballers I’ve come across both on/off the field. I’m very confident he will adapt well to the challenges that lie ahead in the UK and Europe.
He’s in great physical shape and is mentally prepared to remain overseas for as long as it takes to secure a professional contract. Australia has a habit of producing top quality Goalkeepers, and whilst Ben hasn’t been given the opportunities he deserves in Australia, we know that he will fulfil his true potential overseas and prove a few people wrong in the process.”