After Liverpool rejection Aussie kid Gameiro grabs second chance at Fulham

Corey Gameiro is determined to make the most of his move to Fulham.

Corey Gameiro is determined to make the most of his move to Fulham.

Gameiro generated much hype when, as a South Coast Wolves player, he made his NSW Premier League debut aged just 15. He burst onto the scene with a flurry of goals and match-winning performances.

As a result, it wasn’t long before a number of English clubs came calling, with Liverpool, Sunderland and Sheffield United leading the way initially. A Liverpool fan from a young age, Gameiro jumped at the chance to join his boyhood favourites, but his hopes of a permanent move were dashed despite impressing the Reds’ coaching staff.

“You could say that this is my second chance,” striker Gameiro told fulhamfc.com. “I spent a bit of time at Liverpool, but for a few reasons it didn’t quite work out. When I had to go home, of course, I was really disappointed and I did wonder whether a similar chance would arise again.

“Fortunately, not long after, Fulham asked me over for a trial. It’s a long way to go for things not to work out, but it’s a gamble worth taking. I’ve almost been here a year now, and it’s a period that has gone very quickly.

“It’s been good so far, and I like to think I have made progress. I certainly feel like I have become a better player. Physically I’m a lot stronger and tactically I take up better positions now. As a former defender Kit Symons has taught me the things that defenders don’t like forwards to do.

“This is a full-time job. It’s six days a week; at the training ground or playing a game, arriving at 8am in the morning and leaving at 4pm. It’s tough, but this is a serious game.

“I lived just down the coast from Sydney where things are a lot more relaxed. A typical day would usually involve a trip to the beach. It’s a very different culture and lifestyle here. It’s fair to say that a professional football club is one of the most demanding environments.”

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