Garang Kuol focused on farewell match ahead of Premier League move

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Garang Kuol admits he is “buzzing” with excitement about joining Premier League club Newcastle United but is focused on leaving Central Coast Mariners with a win on Saturday.

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In a few days, the youngest Socceroo is on his way to St. James’ Park to link with the Premier League club.

“I am buzzing. I can’t wait to get down there and hit the ground running,” Kuol said.

But first, he is looking to say goodbye when the Mariners host Melbourne Victory on New Year’s Eve.

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“My focus stays the same,” he said in regards to his last ALM appearance.

“There’s a lot of excitement. We go in with full belief and all guns blazing to try and get three points and a win.”

Kuol’s rise has been one of the most compelling stories of Australian football. The Egyptian-born forward became the youngest player to play in the knockout stages of a World Cup since Brazilian legend Pele in 1958 when he came on as a substitute against Argentina.

Central Coast head coach Nick Montgomery said he hoped a big crowd turned out to farewell Kuol.

“For Australian football, he’s been a shining light and an inspiration that you can come from an NPL club in the middle of nowhere, play in the A-League and play in the World Cup,” he said.

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When Kuol departs for one of the biggest Premier League clubs, Montgomery says he will be under a lot of pressure.

“There’s going to be pressure on him from now until he finishes his career, and that’s something we’ve tried to prepare him for. So he’s got a big journey ahead of him,” he said.

On the ladder, the Mariners are ranked fourth with 13 points, and the Victory are ranked ninth with 10.

Montgomery said in a classic Kuol way, he would do what he does best, whether he starts or comes off the bench against Victory.

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“Knowing Garang, he’ll want to say goodbye with a goal, an assist or just a stellar performance,” he said.

“It will be a good chance for everybody to wish Garang well for his move to Newcastle.”

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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