This season has seen former National Premier Leagues (NPL) wide attacker Trent Partridge, join the Thornton Redbacks and in just the short time he’s been there, he’s already helped to create change and success at the Hunter Valley club. His quickness and flight feet has helped him to become quite allusive and a hand-full for opposition defenders. Despite dropping down a level this season, Trent has continued to show his class and this week he chatted with Quentin about how his career and journey so far.
Where and when did you start your junior career and how did you progress into senior football?
I started my juniors with the Edgeworth Eagles from 2000-2006, and then joined the Macquarie Football representative team for both development and SYL from 2005-08. After that, I spent a year with the Hunter Valley Hawks SYL, before joining the Weston Bears in 2010. I spent one year there, and then joined the West Wallsend Bluebells where I spent three years. I then came back to Weston where I played for three years as well, before moving over to Lake Macquarie Roosters for last year’s season.
When did you start playing with the team you’re with now?
I started playing for the Thornton Redbacks this season.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing football?
I tend to watch some Netflix, chill-out, nap, and just generally hang out with my mates.
What do you do for work?
I am a tradesmen greenskeeper at Shortland Waters Golf Club.
What player has been one of your favourite players to play with and you have admiration for? Why?
It’d be a tough decision between Tommy Smart and Carl Thornton, so maybe both? They are both very hard working, tough, consistent and technically very good players and it was always a pleasure to play alongside them in training and games.
Which player is the hardest to play against? And why?
So far in my career, I would have to say Matt Paul who plays for Valentine Phoenix. He would easily be the hardest. Back when I first started playing first grade at West Wallsend, and when he was at Adamstown, it was always a very tough time playing against him as he was so quick ,fit and sharp and just a very technically gifted player in general.
You made the move to Thornton this year – why was that and how did the move come about?
When I found out Gary Wand was announced as the Head Coach at Thornton and heard about the players he was trying to bring in, it was hard to say no. Whenever I have played under Gary in the past, I have always had an enjoyable season and played finals football with him, so of course, I wanted to play under him again.
What’s been your initial thoughts on the standard of the Northern League One considering you’ve spent a lot of time in the NPL?
It’s actually a very good and close competition. Every team you come across week in, week out, make for a tough game which is fantastic because you don’t know what to expect. It’s definitely getting better every year as time goes on.
Is there anyone you’ve played with or against this year that you think could definitely be in the NPL?
I believe everyone in my team at Thornton is very capable as most of us have played in the NPL in previous years before. In terms of playing I’ve played against – it’s tough to say as there are always two or three good players at every club in the competition.
Most memorable moment(s) of your career so far?
Playing in the Manchester United Nike Cup in Melbourne in U/15s in 2009. Also, scoring my first NPL goal last year with Lake Macquarie Roosters.
Most influential person in your career?
My father for sure. After every game I play, I always love to see what his opinion is on any game I play, whether it’s good or bad. Also, the fact he has just been there for me since Day 1 – I cannot thank him enough for it.
What are you hoping to achieve for this year’s season?
To make and win the Grand Final this season with the Redbacks.
What’s your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
Just to keep playing for as long as I can and playing good consistent football year in, year out. I mainly just want to keep enjoying it.