Star’s gesture a win for club

Perth Glory soccer star William Gallas and ME Bank WA state manager Drew Healey, presenting Forrestfield United Soccer Club president Carlos Mendes with a cheque for $1000.
Perth Glory soccer star William Gallas and ME Bank WA state manager Drew Healey, presenting Forrestfield United Soccer Club president Carlos Mendes with a cheque for $1000.

Gallas kicked a ball around for a few minutes with the fan’s young son after a recent game. That special commitment saw him later recognised with an ME Bank fairer player award.

The nomination was sent to a panel of judges who put him forward as a finalist, where he was voted as the Fair Player by Hyundai A-League fans.

As part of his prize, Gallas was able to choose which local club would be the recipient of a $1000 grant. He chose Forrestfield.

Gallas, who played 84 international matches for his native France, said he was surprised by the accolade.

‘I kicked the ball with that little boy for maybe 10 minutes, and it was just a great moment because I have kids and I know how happy they can be,’ he said.

He said he chose Forrestfield United because ‘we have to help the small clubs to give them more facility for the kids’.

ME Bank WA state manager Drew Healey said they were proud to support grassroots sporing clubs.

‘They play an important role in engendering positive values in young Australians such as playing fairly and taking this behaviour into their future lives,’ he said.

Forrestfield was one of four clubs that received a donation this season.

At the end of the season, the annual award offers $10,000 for the winning player to donate to the grassroots club of their choice.

Last year, Thomas Brioch of Brisbane Roar won the major prize, donating $10,000 prize to the local club of his choice.