Roar move in for Jets' young star

Graphic by Albert Perez


Joe snaps up new career challenge


JOE Champness has left Moreton Bay United after saying “yes straight away” to a great career move.

The 18 year old, who only made his Jets Senior debut in May, has signed a 12-month contract with Brisbane Roar Youth team.

Champness, who scored Jets’ crucial second goal in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland play-off semi-final against Olympic, was invited for a “session” with Roar last month.

“I trained with them last pre-season and got a phone call two weeks ago asking if I would like to come for a session,” said Champness.

“It just went from there. They made me an offer and I said yes straight away. It’s a challenge and an opportunity I am very happy to have been given.

“Training five days a week is a bit different to three, but it’s going well. I’m playing with top-quality players and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing football.”

Jets’ Technical Director Adam Piddick said the move was a just reward for hard work.

“It’s fantastic for Joey,” said Piddick, “he’s worked hard, bided his time, always been around that system and now he’s got his opportunity. I think he’s the type of guy who will take that opportunity.”

Champness joined Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) from the Church League at Under 13 level and Moreton Bay United in 2013 - the first year of NPL Queensland.

He played a total of 70 games, scoring 23 goals in three seasons at Under 16, Under 18, Youth and Senior levels.

“I am really grateful for what everyone at ACE and Moreton Bay United has done for me,” said Champness.

“All the people, the coaches, the players who have shown me so much about the game. Last season Adam (Piddick) and Dave (Harris), the physios, team-mates…I really cannot thank them enough.

“It’s going to be a bit weird coming back to Moreton Bay with a different team, but I’ll just focus and give it my all.”

Fancy footwork from Joe Champness in the 4-1 victory over Palm Beach last season. Picture Albert Perez