New signing Ethan Grimley said he simply “couldn’t pass by” on the chance to join Moreton Bay United.
The attacking midfielder has made his first sporting move north of the Brisbane River after starting this season at NPL rivals Capalaba.
Ironically, if selected, his first match in the gold and black will be back at John Frederick Park, Capalaba tomorrow, kick-off 5pm.
“If Royce (Brownlie) wants to bring me in I’ll be ready to play against the boys,” said Ethan, “it’s be a good opportunity for me I guess.”
The 23 year old is versatile, capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or “in the false nine type of roll”, Ethan said. He has also played on the wing.
However, he missed much of last season through injury and has been working his way back to full fitness while playing in all Capalaba’s matches this year.
“I did my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) at Souths and had a lengthy period out,” said Ethan.
“I came back and had four games with Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, then joined Capalaba and now I’m here.
“It’s my first real season back after the injury and I want to get back to where I was before it happened. When Royce brought up the opportunity, I couldn’t pass it by.
“It’s a big club here at Moreton Bay. I think I might be able to help the boys get a decent spot on the ladder. I definitely think there’s room for a top four finish.
“I’ve played against these guys a lot over the years. There has been a lot of rivalries and they have a good fan base.
“You cop a bit of stick when you are on the opposing side, but I think this team is looking very strong this year and will put up a fight against anyone.
“In fact we’re all fighting for spots in the tea. There’s healthy competition for places.”
Ethan’s career started in the junior at Richmond Rovers in NSW before joining Palm Beach and playing three games in 2013, the inaugural NPL Qld season, while also netting 14 times in 19 games for the Under 18s.
Nineteen goals followed for the Palm Beach Under 18s in 2014 and then nine in 18 games for Souths in the FQPL of 2018 and one in five games for Capalaba this season.