Nash bidding for an A-League Contract


The stand-out goalkeeper in this year’s competition, Nash was raised in Nowra and began his representative career with Southern Branch until the age of 16.
His talent didn?t go un-noticed and Nash soon found himself at the New South Wales Institute of Sport, a step closer to realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Unfortunately injuries struck at the wrong time and after a shoulder reconstruction, he found himself on the footballing scrapheap at the age of 20.
Determined to silence the doubters, Nash patiently waited for his shoulder to mend.
A second injury, this time nerve damage to his elbow, further delayed his recovery and Nash elected to spend a few years playing park football with his mates as he weighed up his next move.
The burning desire to test himself at the elite level was an itch he had to scratch and after his body was ready for the rigours of first class football, he returned to Sydney.
He linked with the Marconi Stallions where he spent an off season between the sticks but failed to win a contract.
Esteemed goalkeeping coach Jim Fraser then threw him a lifeline after securing him a trial with APIA Leichhardt and the shot-stopper hasn?t looked back.
?I have been happy with my performances the past two seasons with APIA but I feel I have a lot more to offer,? he said.
?They took a punt on me and I won?t forget that. My goal is to repay that faith by playing my role in getting the team into the semi finals.
?We certainly have the talent to figure at the business end of the season, it?s just a matter of being clinical in front of goal and not throwing away leads.?
Rumours are circulating that Nash has been earmarked as the replacement for the suspended Danny Vukovic at the Central Coast Mariners but the modest custodian doesn?t buy into media speculation.
?I have heard a few things from the odd person but I haven?t been formally approached by the club,? he said.
?I would be lying if I said it wasn?t a dream of mine to play in the A League, it would be a fantastic opportunity. All I can do is keep working hard with APIA and see what happens.?
The ambitious Nash harbours desires to coach after his footballing career and will be in good shape when it is time for that transition.
He currently assists inaugural Mariners goalkeeper John Crawley with his coaching clinics and gets a kick out of helping out aspiring Number Ones.
?Australia has always produced world class goalkeepers and I think it is down to the coaching.
?Along with Jim Fraser, John is always doing his utmost to take on talented kids and foster their development.
?I have learnt a heap from him already and I take his advice on board everytime I step onto the pitch. I would love to see how I go overseas but I have my feet on the ground.
?I am loving my football with APIA and if keep performing, everything else will take care of itself.?
Andrew Hurrell