New Rockingham City international signing Grant Dickie


New Rockingham City international signing Grant Dickie.
New Rockingham City international signing Grant Dickie.

The 21-year-old striker and winger joins City from BSC Glasgow, which plays in the Scottish Lowlands League, one rung below the nation’s professional football system.

He said the chance to play in Australia for the year was too good to refuse.

“(Club president) Brian Kennedy got in touch with me and asked if I was interested in coming over and playing in Australia for the year and right away I jumped at the chance,” he said.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to show what I’ve got and have a good crack at it… I’ve been in touch with the other boys back home, telling them how good it is and they’re jumping at the chance already.”

The Scotsman arrived in WA last Thursday and was rushed into the Rockingham squad for a friendly against Melville City that they won 2-0, courtesy of goals from Sean Boyle and Callum Rothwell.

Dickie played the first 30 minutes of the match before succumbing to the 26-degree heat, not surprising considering it was just 8 degrees the day he left Glasgow.

“They were saying Thursday was a cool night, it was so hot for me. It was mental,” he said.

“I’m enjoying it already, especially the weather. I’m used to torrential rain and games getting called off and not playing from November to March so it’s a change.”

Dickie said he was impressed by the work ethic of his teammates and the excellent Lark Hill facilities.

“Right away, the facilities were the first thing that jumped at me – it is second to none,” he said..

“The one thing I noticed is the physical fitness of the guys is really high… I would say hard work over here comes before talent. You can tell the boys try their hardest. It’s not going to be easy for me to just walk into the team.”

Kennedy said he had his eye on Dickie since he played with his son Ryan for Clyde youth.

“We’ve always kept track of his career, the coach was looking for new players to come in and it was an ideal opportunity for Grant to come over and play for Rockingham,” he said.

“He’s an unknown talent to the rest of WA but I know what he can do.”

Rockingham kicks off its State League division one campaign this Saturday when it takes on South West Phoenix in Bunbury.

It will be the Club’s first game in the league since it was relegated in 2013.