John Curtis have made the move to play football in Australia as he has joined Gold Coast United.
As previously reported at EFA, Curtis had been training with the Queensland side for a fortnight in May. At the end of stint he agreed personal terms before returning to England to arrange his move personally and a two week break after a full League Two season.
John has agreed a one year deal at United and goes straight into pre-season training ready for the start of the A-League season, beginning on the first full weekend in August. The versatility of the 31-year old to play anywhere along the back ends Gold Coast’s search for a specialist right back. Miron Bleiberg was delighted to have Curtis sign his contact earlier this week.
“John impressed everyone with his skill, agility and attitude during his short time with us last month,” Bleiberg said.
“He is a quality player with a great pedigree and will be a big asset to us. His experience and knowledge will not only boost the team as a whole, but will also be a huge benefit to our younger players.
“We’re delighted that he has agreed to join us and I’m sure he will be a big success here.
“John is a specialist in the right full-back position and that’s exactly what we’ve been looking for. He also has a sharp football brain and can adjust very well if we need to alter our tactics during a game.
“I felt last season we were missing someone who was a natural right full-back. After watching him work I am confident that we have now found the right player to fill that role for us.”
Curtis showed commitment to his new side by being in training 24 hours after arriving back in Australia.
“I’m still getting over the jetlag again and adjusting my sleeping patterns, but overall I feel pretty good and I’m enjoying the training,” Curtis said.
“Everyone has been great with me and made me feel very welcome and very at home. The lads are just brilliant and have all been giving me stick, so I guess that’s a good sign,” he laughed.
“When I first came here in May I had a fantastic time and was really impressed with the manager, the coaching staff and the players.
“The football side of everything has been first class and the club is situated in a fantastic part of the world.
“I didn’t know much about the Hyundai A-League before I came here so I had an open mind. It’s certainly a style of football that is more suited to the purists of the game and has what you could term a ‘continental’ element to it.
“There’s lots of passing and movement and it’s a lot less direct than some of the UK leagues. I’m looking forward to playing in a different competition with a different style of football. Hopefully that will suit me and I can do a good job for the team.”
Quotes taken for Gold Coast United’s official website.