Five A-League players with talents outside of football

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Footballers are often considered as footballers first and foremost, so it’s easy to forget that many have talents outside of the game.

Below is a list of A-League players with talents outside of football that you may not have known about.

Joey Champness – Rapper

The former Olyroo and new Brisbane Roar signing is best known for his footballing prowess, but many fans know him in a different context.

In 2019 Champness put his A-League career on hold to pursue a hip-hop career in Los Angeles under the name JOWIC.

Champness released his music video My Plan in May 2020 which received over one million online views and has had airplay in both Australia and the United States.

Ziggy Gordon – Chess

The Scottish defender Ziggy Gordon is now in his second season of the A-League with new club Western Sydney Wanderers.

Ziggy mentioned in an interview with The World Game that he used to play chess in a competitive capacity as a youngster.

“It [chess] started off as a hobby, then I turned out to be fairly better than average,” he said.

“I went to tournaments and it went from there. I did pretty well. Then tournaments started to clash with football, and to be fair it wasn’t a difficult decision on what to choose from.”

The 27-year-old said he rarely played chess nowadays, but he did credit the board game for helping him understand the complexities of football.

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Rhyan Grant – Harmonica

Rhyan Grant is probably best known for his most recent heroics in the 2019/20 A-League grand final where he scored the winning goal to deliver Sydney FC their first ever back-to-back premiership.

Grant has many features which make him a unique personality, most notably his gorgeous mullet, but also his love of surfing and his 1984 Toyota Corona nicknamed Kitty Kat.

In an interview with Sydney as a part of their 2 Truths & 1 Lie series, Grant admitted that he plays the harmonica which is not a big surprise considering his love of music.

Scott Galloway – Taekwondo

Scott Galloway is a Melbourne City superstar who has developed a reputation as a flying fullback with a propensity to get forward and deliver dangerous crosses.

One fact that you might not know about Galloway is that he was once an Australian taekwondo champion at youth level, and a black belt as well.

In an interview with the NZ Herald the fullback said his ability to play comfortably on both sides of the back four was largely thanks to his background in taekwondo.

“Maybe that’s why I’m equally good on both feet. It built strength and coordination in both legs and was good for flexibility. When you’re young, you enjoy a bit of fighting as well,” he said.

Football took precedence to steer clear of injuries. Galloway had to give up competitive taekwondo, but he admitted he still used the stretching techniques he learned before training and games.

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Rudy Gestede – Gymnastics

Rudy Gestede is Melbourne Victory’s new marquee signing who will be looking to draw on his special talent as the club attempts to recapture its past glories.

Gestede has always been a lover of sport and football was not his only specialist trade as a youngster, in fact he used to be heavily involved in gymnastics.

The striker mentioned in an interview with his old club Blackburn Rovers, that he did it for a few years and that it improved his strength and flexibility.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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