While we see stars of the Hyundai A-League show off their skills on the football pitch week in week out many of them are equally talented off the pitch.

The Football Sack takes a look at four players whose talents extend beyond the football pitch.

Joey Champness

For 20-year old Jets attacker Joey Champness football and music go hand in hand.

Kiwi-born former Brisbane Roar youth player who is enjoying a breakout season at high-flying Newcastle Jets also dreams of taking centre stage in the music industry.

Champness goes by the name JOWIC when rapping and has already released his first song, Wet Floor, on Spotify.

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Jacob Pepper

Away from football Brisbane Roar midfielder Jacob Pepper is the owner of his clothing label called WhatIsArt and retail Shop based in Newcastle called W.I.A Store.

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W.I.A. brings together barista-made takeaway coffee and locally produced men’s streetwear in a new shopping experience for the Darby Street scene.

For Pepper the W.I.A. concept began as a way to fulfil the desire for a shopfront housing Jacob’s online clothing business he established in 2013.

What is Art incorporates locally designed and printed T-shirts, hoodies and headwear catering to a wide variety of tastes.

 

Mitch Austin

It’s not uncommon for footballers to play a bit of FIFA and we’re sure most of them claim to be good at the game, but when Melbourne Victory wide man Mitch Austin says it he’s not kidding.

The 26-year who boasts an impressive FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) record old is arguably a bigger star on the virtual pitch than it’s real life counterpart.

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FUT Champions pits some of the games best players who have qualified by winning daily knockout tournaments against each other across 40 games each weekend. Austin dominants these tournaments racking up and incredible 37 wins out of a possible 40 in the first weekend of FIFA 18 FUT Champions, a ranking that saw him ranked 97th in the world.

Austin’s FIFA skills impressed EA so much they made him a special FUT card with stats that even Ronaldo and Messi would gawk at.

 

Jeremy Walker

When he’s not on the football pitch Perth Glory injury replacement Jeremy Walker is drawing.

The fullback runs his own business called All Walks of Life or AWOL for short, where he designs art for mainly skateboards and surfboards.

Walker, who became the first Tasmanian to play in the Hyundai A-league back in his Melbourne Heart days, has also created designs on a range of canvases, walls and even cars.

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.