Ethan Brooks ,Playing football is second nature

Playing football is second nature and there is nothing else he would rather be doing, but what he makes look like a breeze in the midfield is not easy. “I’m honoured and excited to get another national call up. There are a few new players compared to the last camp, but the mood has not changed. It is upbeat and positive,” said Brooks brimming with eagerness.

He wants to raise the bar, game after game. “I look back at my performances and I want to contribute with goals and assists – that is what I’m looking at improving during the next World Cup Qualifier against Ethiopia,” which Brooks admits has eluded him.

From club to country, the 20-year-old in recent weeks has gone through the hands of several coaches. At his club TS Galaxy it was Owen Da Gama, followed by Shaun Bartlett his assistant who took over the reign’s for a short stint till Sead Ramovic was announced as the head coach, and the trio, Hugo Broos, Cedomir Janevski and Helman Mkhalele at national level. “Every coach has contributed to my career. Every single one has left an indelible mark on me and my style of football now and for the future of my footballing career, but it is challenging as I need to adapt to their individual styles to give them what they need,” said Brooks.

It is no coincidence that with a Belgian Coach at the helm of the national team that Brooks has his sights set on moving to either to Belgium, Spain or Italy in a move to play for an overseas based club.

For now though he is dreaming big and playing his heart out.

If headlines on the highways with his name on is anything to go by, it seems like only a matter of time till his dreams become reality.

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