Corey Wilson has made a name for himself for being a ‘hard-as-nails’, rugged defender, but is often known for his attacking abilities as well. Corey is only young, but has quickly accrued experience in the NEWFM Northern League One and has consistently featured as a vital member of the successful Belswans team. Corey caught up with correspondent Quentin, to discuss his career progression so far and what he enjoys most about being at Blacksmiths.
Where and when did you start your junior career and how did you progress into senior football?
I started playing in U/5’s at Belswans. I played all my juniors there and at Belmont Seagulls before spending some time at the Macquarie Academy. After that, I played all my football at valentine until they gained promotion back into the NPL and they no longer had a spot for me. From there, I linked up with my cousin at the Swans and have been there ever since. This is my 3rd season of senior football with Belswans.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing soccer/football?
Outside of sport and work I like to get away in my van with the misses and if not, play some golf with mates or get down the pub to have punt and a few drinks.
What do you do for work? Are you currently studying? Or have you completed your studies, if so, in what field?
Studies for me finished at the HSC. I decided that becoming a tradie was more up my alley. I’m a qualified electrician now and manufacture switchboards locally at Warners Bay.
What is it about Belmont-Swansea United that keeps you there and you love?
I’m not a big fan of change and while I have mates here and I’m having fun, I have no reason to leave. Plus, I get on really well with the people involved with the club.
What player has been one of your favourite players to play with and you have admiration for? Why?
It’s not just one player for me, but a group of players that I played with in my first season at Belswans. Although most of them moved on after that season, those guys epitomised what Belswans was – best mates on and off the field – I’m glad I become a part of that.
Which player is the hardest to play against? And why?
I’d have to pick one of my good mates, Jamie Hadlow. He’s fit, fast and an absolute pest on the field. Great to play with but terrible to play against.
You once played for Valentine in the NPL. Do you ever think about returning and testing yourself at the top level?
NPL isn’t really an ambition for me. If the opportunity presented itself, I’d think about it, but I’m at the stage now where enjoying my football and playing with my mates is more important.
Most memorable moment(s) of your career so far?
Although we lost the Grand Final, that first season at Belswans would have to be my most memorable.
Most influential person in your career?
The most influential people for me would have to be my Mum and Dad. I grew up watching them both play, they took me to every game, supported me throughout, and gave me the opportunities to get this far.
What are you hoping to achieve for this year’s season?
The plans are to do one better than the last two years and end the Grand Final drought at the Swans!
What’s your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
I don’t really look too far ahead. Many things will change between now and next season so I’ll just wait and see what happens.