Why Galloway is ready to rekindle his European dream

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Scott Galloway has done an awful lot in five years of football. He’s been at four different clubs, trialled for a contract at two of them and almost made it to Europe. Now he’s ready to deliver and realise that European dream.

At only 23, Scott Galloway has been capped more than a hundred times at A-League level and he’s seen a lot in that time. He was there for Melbourne Victory’s triumphant title in 2014/15, featuring 13 times, and he was at Wellington Phoenix last season as they teetered on the brink of extinction.

After trailing for Eredivisie side Willem II from the Netherlands between his stints at Central Coast Mariners and Wellington, he was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Australian football and a coup for the Phoenix. However, in Wellington, he feels his career may have stalled.

“On many levels, you can speak to the boys there or the ones who have left, the season was a bit of a shambles, kind of just in itself but also on a personal level it just wasn’t a good season for myself and there was many factors going towards it,” said Galloway.

“I left Victory in search of game time and everywhere I’ve been since I’ve found that, it’s just been getting to that high-quality club, I left Melbourne and went to Central Coast which was a decent season but disappointing performance wise and then after that the opportunity came up to go to Wellington on what  I thought was going to be a good move at the time with the coach that was going there but obviously that didn’t turn out,” Galloway said.

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Now back on Australian shores via Adelaide United, Galloway feels like he may have found somewhere to call home after a somewhat nomadic A-League existence. At 23, Galloway had reached the point where his talent and prospect tags needed to be traded in for consistent, high-quality performance and Adelaide offered the perfect environment.

“When I came to Adelaide I knew I was coming here to get that left back spot, knowing as well that there wasn’t another out and out left back in the squad, but my goal was to come in and play every minute of every game so in terms of that it’s been really good,” Galloway said.

“I just wanted to get back to a club that was going to be competing for silverware and really look to push me and improve me and step my game up and looking at United from the year before, looking at Marco, he’d be able to get the best out of me and drive me forward and that’s what’s happened

“I’ve been playing football in a great team and a great place…it’s been beneficial for me in more ways than one so I’d say it’s been a good move,” Galloway said.

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Galloway is having something of a break-out year, by his own admission and statistically, with his 16 key passes, one assist and lone goal placing him just behind the likes of Isaias and Craig Goodwin in terms of attacking impact. His pass rate is amongst the highest for United at 77 per cent and there seems to be a more rounded approach to his game compared to the fresh-faced 18-year-old who arrived on the scene in Melbourne.

Marco Kurz, one of the reasons Galloway came to Adelaide originally, has been one of the main reasons behind Galloway’s surge, unlocking a confidence which is paying dividends on the field.

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“He showed the belief in me and he’s making me realise the belief and confidence within myself. Each game he’s telling me to go out there and play without fear, play things simple but look to add what you can,” Galloway said.

This new-found confidence has given Galloway the confidence to pursue his European ambitions and after having a taste via Willem II, he’s hoping to go again.

“Probably the confidence I got from going on the trial and seeing the standard and the quality over there and what it is like and knowing what I can deliver, knowing I can get over there and match it, it’s just trying to get that move. Last season wasn’t the best season but now I am back and playing the best football I have…you never know what could eventuate,” Galloway said.

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Adam Daunt
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A student at University of South Australia who hopes his writing disguises his lack of sporting prowess and a fan who masquerades his choice in mediocre teams as being hipster

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