From the studio to the field: Champness is back where he needs to be

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This time last year Joe Champness was in Los Angeles focusing on his music career, leaving behind a promising A-League career with the Newcastle Jets.

Fast forward 12 months and Champness finds himself in Brisbane, suiting up in the orange and black for the first time since 2016 when he was part of the Brisbane Roar youth team.

After securing a loan move from Newcastle, following his stint in the states, Champness said Brisbane was exactly the place he needed to be and is 100 per cent focused on his football.

“It is something I am really excited about, playing for Brisbane. Right now, where I am at currently is exactly where I need to be,” he said.

“The opportunity when it arose, when Warren [Moon] reached out to me, was just something I couldn’t turn down … I felt like it was the right thing to do.”

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While Champness is committed to his football, he still reflects positively on his experience in LA and said it was up to him to pursue his music career in due time.

“I look back on it really well because I learnt a lot of things. Music, like any other industry, goes beyond the surface,” he said.

“I was able to fully submerge myself in that industry and in that business and come out the other side a lot better for it.

“For me, I look back on it with nothing but joy that I did that, and it is kind of up to me now where I take it and what I do with it.”

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The advice he would give young people with ambitious dreams is the exact advice he will be taking throughout the 2020/21 A-League season.

“Go for it. Back yourself, and whatever happens, you don’t have anything to regret. Just learn as much as you can, see the lessons in everything,” Champness said.

“Just basic things like that that get drummed into us a lot, a lot of the time we can apply it to how we live.

“This season, I’ll be applying myself 100 per cent throughout the season to training and games … you hear it a lot of the time, but you really have to commit yourself.”

His goal for the A-League this season is to be effective up front, in both attack and defence.

“Talking with the coach, we have a great defence and midfield that I want to be able to learn off their experience but also bring what I can do as well,” Champness said.

“I want to score more goals and be a part of those goal actions, whether it be assists or finishing it off.”

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Champness is unsure where he sees himself in the coming years and whether his football or music will pull rank.

However, for the moment he will take his own advice and commit all of his energy to the Roar’s campaign.

“We all got goals and plans for ourselves, but who knows,” Champness said.

“For me, all I’m focused on is the next step in my football career and to be a consistent performer week in, week out.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.
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