After his search for greener pastures landed him in Adelaide, George Blackwood has hit the Uni Loop track running.

Despite a recent and humbling bout of food poisoning brought about by his own cooking, Blackwood has enjoyed life after his fresh start.

Three seasons of sporadic playing minutes at a regimented, Graham Arnold-esque Sydney FC was enough to see the 20-year-old striker invest in a new challenge at a side also looking to start afresh; Adelaide United.

“I wanted a clean slate. I had Arnie for three years at Sydney and it wasn’t repetitive, but I got into a routine,” said Blackwood.

“There was a lot of training and a lot of travel [that amounted to] not much. I knew a new coach was coming [to Adelaide], so I figured I could start from scratch here.”

The relaxing, laid-back lifestyle of the City of Churches seems to have done George a world of good too.

A roaring pre-season has seen the Olyroo score three goals for United, as well as three in three matches representing the Australian U-23’s in an Asian qualifying tournament in Myanmar, of all places.

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But as they all say, goals are not the sole objective for the forward.

“First and foremost, as a team we need to be making the semi-finals, and I’m really confident we can achieve that with what we have,” he stated.

“We can then push on and give the top three or four teams a real crack, which I want to contribute to as much as possible [through] scoring goals, and creating them as well up front.

“Marco [Kurz] has great attention to detail and I can’t wait to start playing games under him consistently and see where this team can go to.”

Incredibly, it has been three years since an astonishing turn of events saw Blackwood burst onto the scene against Melbourne City in the season opener.

Promise was evident, but it took 18-months for the youngster to net his first strike, an impressive one at that.

“It was an instinct sort of play,” Blackwood modestly remarked.

“I picked the ball up at halfway and I was facing forward. I saw space open up in front of me so I just started running with the ball, then I cut inside and let rip.

“That was against Izzo actually, so I’ve got one over him now.”

Playing interstate and in an entirely new environment can be a daunting experience for some. But Blackwood, displaying maturity beyond his years, is nothing but excited for the challenge ahead.

“The most important (factor) that we have going for us this year is that everyone at the club are good people.

“If you want to have a good season and want to compete for the title, you need good people. Otherwise it just doesn’t work and when one little thing goes wrong, everyone loses it at each other.”

Blackwood has enormous potential and with the right environment seemingly surrounding him at Adelaide, a strong season can only be expected.

Just don’t ask him to cook you a lamb roast.

 

 

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