Having played for four other Hyundai A-League clubs, and experienced professional football in Iran, Liam Reddy has lived in many locations throughout his successful career.From Newcastle to Brisbane, Wellington to Sydney, and Tehran, the 33-year-old gloveman has moved his family about as his career has taken various twists and turns.
Now in his second season on the Central Coast, Reddy has quickly developed a passion for the region.
And not only has he proven to be one of the competition’s top shot-stoppers during his time with the Mariners, but his family are also loving life in the area.
“The Central Coast is just a great place to bring up your family,” Reddy said. “It’s nice and relaxed, it’s a great community, and it didn’t take long for us to make friends out of football, which is really important.”
“We like that you can always duck down to the beach, whether it’s Macmasters, Terrigal or Avoca, and not have to fight for parking.”
Reddy is contracted to the Mariners for this season and next, and while goalkeepers tend to play on longer than outfield players, he acknowledges that his time as a professional custodian is slowly winding down.
Remaining or returning to the Coast and being a part of the “great community” when his professional playing days come to an end is something the Reddy family are actively considering.
“We’ve discussed that,” Reddy, originally from Sydney, said regarding staying in the region. “I am coming to the end of my career and this is definitely somewhere we could end up living.”
“The kids love their school here, they’re at Kincumber Public School, and myself and my wife love living in the community, so the Coast is definitely somewhere that we could live post football.”
Since joining the Mariners, Liam Reddy has become a firm favourite with Mariners fans for his performances on the field, and his affable approach off it.
But he and his family have also taken time to #UniteForTheCoast by integrating themselves in the community, and appreciating all that the area has to offer.
You can #UniteForTheCoast this Sunday when the Central Coast Mariners host Adelaide United at Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium. There are cheap General Admission tickets on sale until 5:00pm on Friday 21 November, and one fan will win a HUGE cash prize equivalent to the number of fans in the stands (up to a maximum of $15,000).
Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United - Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Round 7
When: Sunday 23 November 2014
Where: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Tickets: Pre-purchase here (discount window from Monday 17 (9:00am) - Friday 21 November (5:00pm))
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