Soane taking first steps

Australian striker Bryan Soane is hoping his Singapore experience will eventually land him a spot with an A-League club.

Soane, who doesn't turn 21 until July, has made a good impression at S.League outfit Balestier Khalsa, playing all bar two minutes of the club's opening six games and also scoring with a last-gasp header to earn his side an unlikely point against Super Reds.

An Australasian Soccer Academy tour earned Soane his shot at professional football in Singapore, the former Sydney Wanderers star doing enough to be invited back to trial before impressing Balestier again and picking up a six-month contract.

And while he speaks highly of life in Singapore, Soane admits his dream is to play in the A-League.

"Hopefully I can go back home and try and get into an A-League squad - that's the aim," he told TWG at Balestier's home ground Toa Payoh Stadium.

"The main reason I came (to Singapore) was to train every day, twice a day - obviously you are going to improve as a player if you are training twice a day.

"I think I am learning a lot every game here and it's a great experience."

Part of that experience has seen Soane having to adapt to playing as a lone striker - something he admits he is trying to get used to - but challenges such as different playing styles and weather conditions makes him think the move would be good for other young Australians.

Another former NSW Super League player, Goran Subara, is also making a good impression with Gombak United, who currently sit in second place, and Soane says he would definitely recommend a move to the S.League.

"If you're back home (in Australia) and you're struggling to get your name out there - or even if you are just looking for experience - I think (Singapore) is unreal," he said.

Soane's immediate challenge however is to help perennial strugglers Balestier up the table. Although they won their last outing, causing an upset by defeating Geylang 2-1, they are currently second-to-bottom in the 12-team league.

Source: SBS