Reddy rocking fatherhood

Newly signed Central Coast Mariners keeper Liam Reddy is one busy father.

Newly signed Central Coast Mariners keeper Liam Reddy is one busy father.

The 32-year-old who recently penned a one-season deal with the 2013 Hyundai A-League Champions is currently finishing up his season with IGA National Premier Leagues NSW Mens 1 Premiers Sydney United 58 FC which has seen him juggle his football alongside his energetic sons Marley (6) and Hendricks (4) with partner Christie.

“It has been busy but I wouldn-t have swapped this feeling for anything, it-s brilliant,” Reddy said.

“I always wanted to have kids while I was young along with my partner as well it-s been great.

“Whenever you have a bad day you know when you come home and see them both, things get put into perspective and they always manage to put a smile on your face.

Reddy has travelled around Australia with his professional career playing for the likes of the Newcastle Jets, Brisbane Roar, Wellington Phoenix, and Sydney FC, as well as a stint in Iran with Esteghlal. But he-s always made time for his kids no matter the circumstances.

“I always do whatever I can to make sure I commit time for my kids," he said.

“We-ve moved around quite a bit since they were born (both born in Brisbane), but they-ve spent a little bit of time in Brisbane, Sydney and Wellington. It was tough when I signed in Iran though. Being away from them for six months wasn-t easy so I was happy to have come back to see my boys and partner.

“They are very understanding kids so I am lucky in that department, they know that I may move around for work but they-ve been really good with it.”

It-s been a family affair at Edensor Park as Reddy-s sons also play for the red and white of Sydney United 58 FC - something the shot stopper is delighted with.

“Both my boys play for Sydney United 58 FC, the youngest one Hendricks started this year and my eldest Marley has been playing for two years now," he said.

“They-re both thoroughly enjoying it and it-s a great way for them to stay fit and active as well as having a lot of fun with their friends.”

Both boys have been very supportive of their father and have been keen fans at every Sydney United 58 FC home match this season.

“They love coming to our matches especially when we play at home.

“I take them onto the pitch and they love kicking a ball around, it's great to see this before and after a match.

“They also come into the dressing rooms after each match but only if we win, so this year has been a good year for that.”

Father-s Day this year pending the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Finals Series draw could see Liam and his family spending it at Edensor Park.

~~~With Father-s Day just around the corner Football NSW wants to celebrate the big occasion by searching for the state-s most football fanatic fathers!

Whether it-s attending every game, his vast collection of replica jerseys or even just supporting his team at any opportunity he gets Football NSW would love to hear about it.

On offer is an ultimate football experience with the winner scoring an outdoor seater box for themselves and seven guests at a Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners or Western Sydney Wanderers match as well as the chance to attend a Hyundai A-League training session.

To go into the running to win this fantastic prize tell Football NSW in 25 words or less why your Dad is Football NSW-s #1 Football Fanatic.

The competition closes on Thursday 29 August at 5:00pm, with entrants able to fill in their application form on the Football NSW website -

The winners will be announced on Friday 30 August, 2013.~~~