Downey's playing future in limbo
THE playing future of Gympie soccer product Jimmy Downey is up in the air.
Downey, who spent the last seven weeks of the A-League season at the North Queensland Fury playing alongside England soccer legend Robbie Fowler, will be off contract as at April 1.
The speedy wing-back had established himself as a key member of the Perth Glory side before injury cruelled his 2009 – 10 season.
He fought his way back from injury before being snapped up by the Fury in a swap deal for Daniel McBreen.
Downey said he really enjoyed his time in North Queensland.
“I felt like, after all my injuries, I had to start again and a change of scenery was good for that,” Downey said.
“Robbie Fowler was awesome to play with – he is unbelievable, he has this aura about him.
“I was intimidated by him the whole time, but he is the nicest guy.
“He is a real joker, but you can’t stitch him up because you know he will just get you back even better.”
Now the Fury’s season is over, Downey has moved back to his base in Perth where he is exploring his options for next season.
“I have been back in Perth for about two weeks and my agent has been doing a lot of work for me,” Downey said.
“I’m contracted until March 31st with the Fury, which doesn’t really leave me much time to sign with a club.
“I should know within the next month, if not sooner, where I will be playing next season.
“My agent is talking to a lot of clubs but there has been nothing concrete.
“I’m not worried about it, though. I won’t just take the first offer that comes, I’ll wait and see what is out there.”
And that may mean a trip overseas for Downey.
“I have thought about maybe going into Europe or Asia,” Downey said.
“But I wouldn’t go unless there was a good offer at a club that wants me to play.
“I don’t really know where I will end up, but I am confident I will get something soon.”
Away from the soccer field, Downey has been enjoying his down time playing a lot of golf and even had time to go see AC/DC in concert.
“I have actually been playing a bit of golf,” Downey said.
“I am hopeless, but still have a hit.
“We also went to see AC/DC – that Angus Young is unbelievable.
“I don’t usually have too much time where there is nothing I have to do, which was good at the start, but now I am keen to play some soccer and keep fit.
“It is hard to motivate yourself, but I have been going for a run everyday just to keep my fitness levels up.”
Downey said he would be coming back to Gympie for a break between moving from Perth and heading to his new employer.