New Energy import from England keen to get started
THERE is a new guy in town, and his name is Tolu Kayode. Fresh off the plane from London, English football player Kayode pulled on the Central Queensland Energy strip with pride.
The 23-year-old defender is the latest 2014 Energy signing and with a build bigger than the average player, he's sure to keep out plenty of goals next season.
While the first words out of his mouth were, "it's hot", Kayode said he was looking forward to calling Central Queensland home.
"This is my first time in Australia and I was buzzing about coming out," Kayode said.
"I can't wait to start playing. An old coach of mine knows Ray Wood and they were speaking to each other and got in contact with me."
With experience playing in the UK and Germany, Kayode said CQFC could expect a lot from him on the field.
"I will bring commitment, hard work and energy," he said. "I'm very loud on the pitch and I'll bring excitement to the team.
"I'm looking forward to Ray implementing his ideas and I'm still quite young so I want to improve and get better as a player.
"I don't see why we can't challenge for the league this year."
While his heart lies in defence, Kayode said he wouldn't mind netting a few.
"By heart I'm a defender but I can play anywhere across the park but my main position is a centre half," Kayode said.
"My general goal is to have a good strong start to the season and be a dominant defender but I also like to score goals."
CQFC head coach Ray Wood said he was looking forward to having Kayode's experience on board in the new season.
"Kayode brings experience and knowledge of the game and a different level of training and leadership," Wood said.
After tying up their last two pre-season games, the Energy was set to face Southside United at Jardine Park in a 6pm encounter on Saturday.
Wood said with a young CQFC squad lined up for the encounter, it would be a good opportunity for the developing players to have a run.
"In the preseason we aren't really looking at wins and losses, it's more about performances and the guys relaying my messages from training onto the park," Wood said.