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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST We've got 100s of prizes, worth $50,000 PAGES 4 & 22 Your community, Your website www.innerwestweekly.com.au Bold King Cole FIONA BRADY Sydney FC's rising star Shannon Cole crosses past Queensland's Andrew Packer on Saturday night, when the teams drew 1-1. Picture: Phil Blatch ~PP200374 Shannon misses cut for World Cup squad Read the full report online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au WHEN the 28 players picked for the Socceroos' World Cup quali- fier squad flew to Brisbane yester- day for training camp, Shannon Cole was not on the plane. The promising Concord West right-footer, who has been shining for Sydney FC this season, had been picked for the Socceroos' 35-man preliminary squad the week before. On Tuesday, he was dumped from the squad when coach Pim Verbeek trimmed it back to 28 for the training camp before Aust- ralia takes on Qatar next Wednesday night. But the down-to-earth athlete is putting on a brave face. ''I'm not overly disappointed because, obviously, there was a lot of hype around my original selec- tion,'' he said. ''Maybe that did build it up in my head a little bit, so maybe it's a good thing that I wasn't selected. ''It keeps me grounded and makes me realise that I've still got alongwaytogoandI'vegotalot of work to do. ''With the original selection I was extremely surprised and very happy about it.'' Even to be named in the 35-man squad was an incredible achieve- ment for a player who was in the NSW Premier League just two months ago. At 24, Cole's first experience of professional football has come relatively late, though he's dreamt of a pro career since his days at St Ambrose Primary School. Even then, success didn't come easily. ''I was just about the last player to get picked for Leichhardt Tigers under-13s,'' he said. ''I sat on the bench almost the whole year there, but I learned a lot. ''I stayed at that club for four years and had to trial every year for my spot. ''Then I just wandered clubs until now, pretty much.'' Cole still lives with his parents Gordon and Vivienne and three siblings in Concord West, where the set-piece specialist says he learned many of his moves. ''My brother Liam, me and my best mate Daniel, we'd get a ball out and just play on the street,'' he said. ''That's where I learned all my tricks and skills.''
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