12 September 2013, Sydney, NSW: Australian Goalkeeper Ben McNamara, who currently plays for Evesham United in the UK Blue Square Conference League has just signed his first professional contract with Second Division powerhouse Northampton Town FC .
McNamara, who was born and bred in Newcastle, is only 24 and has had a solid playing career in Australia with clubs like the Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Rockdale City Suns and Newcastle Jets where he spent two injury prone years. In 2012, McNamara decided to pursue his ambition of a successful European career. Having attended a number of trials in Scotland and England, he finally settled at Nuneaton Town FC where he has continued to develop as a player, whilst adjusting to the challenges of the climate and the different playing/training styles of English football.
Football Focus International (FFI) Managing Director, David O’Keefe said,” Ben’s track-record is not unlike many aspiring young Aussie footballers who, frustrated with the lack of opportunity in Australia, head overseas to follow their dreams. All of Ben’s sacrifice and hard work has now been rewarded with this new signing. Ben is a great lad with a real desire & determination to make it to the very top and, given the sacrifices he’s made, I couldn’t be happier for him.”
McNamara is now in an elite of only five Australian Goalkeepers playing professionally in the UK. That roll call of honour includes Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea FC), Brad Jones (Liverpool FC), Alex Cisak (Burnley FC) and Adam Federici (Reading FC).
O’Keefe concluded,” With the opportunity that has been provided by Northampton, Ben knows it’s just the start of a new chapter in his footballing career. Given his positive mindset and willingness to constantly improve his game, I have absolutely no doubt he will go on to even bigger and better things in years to come.”