Sunday, May 30, 2021

South Hobart's latest recruit arrives in Hobart today

Kye Stopka, an 18-year-old midfielder from Queensland, arrives in Hobart at 3pm today to join South Hobart.

The deal has been brokered by former professional player and currently a songwriter and musician, Dane Sharp.

Sharp’s son, Indigo, is on loan to Metro from South Hobart.

Stopka’s promising European career came to an end recently through injury and the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw him return to Australia from Germany.

Stopka left Australia aged 11 and went to Spain for 4 years, where he played in the Catalan Honour Division at Under-14 and Under-16 La Liga levels.

When he turned 16, he moved to Germany and played in the Under-17 Bundesliga West competition with FC Hennef 05, a club linked to Schalke 04.

Two stress fractures in his spine and the outbreak of the Covid pandemic convinced him to return to Australia.

He is also tech savvy and is the founder of an online individual training programme for young players called Nexlevel Soccer.

Dane Sharp is also involved in this programme.

It will be interesting to see if Stopka makes his debut for South Hobart away to Launceston City next weekend in the NPL Tasmania competition.


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