Local footballer aiming to make most of ‘second chance’

Kristian Gibson is taking up an offer to play football in New Zealand

KRISTIAN Gibson is determined to make the most of a “second chance”to carve out a playng career in the professional ranks.

Later this month the former Glasgow Rangers player jets off to South Island, New Zealand to begin a new professional adventure with the Nelson Suburbs – Tasman United FC franchise.


On his arrival the 21-year-old Dunamanagh man will hook up with the Nelson Suburbs outfit which competes in Robbie’s Premier Football League before joining the Tasman team which plays in the Stirling Sports Premiership alongside the likes of Auckland City, Canterbury United and Team Wellington.

The lucrative move, which came completely out of the blue, is a second bite at the cheery for Gibson, who after spending four years at Ibrox and a season at Glentoran, has been plying his trade in the NI Intermediate League with Ardstraw.

“I had been recommended to Tasman and received a call from a guy called Ryan Stewart at 1.30 one morning asking me if I fancied coming out to play football in New Zealand,” said the former Tyrone Milk Cup defender.

“It was completely out of the blue. I told him I would need a couple of days to talk it over with my family but, in truth, I already knew I wanted to do this.

“Football is all I have ever done and football is all I ever want to do.”


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