Canowindra's football dynamo takes on English Premier League Champions

Canowindra's football dynamo takes on English Premier League Champions

Canowindra local Rhyan Grant represented the Central West on football’s national stage on Saturday night.

Playing for the A-League All-Stars, Grant faced the challenge of taking on Manchester United, English footballs most successful club.

United’s visit here was their first since playing the Socceroos in an exhibition match in 1999, when Grant was only 8 years old.

Manchester United in Sydney 2013

After starting his football career in Bathurst’s local competition Grant went on to to play in the A-League youth competition for Sydney FC.

He made his senior debut for the club in 2009 before upping his game last season, proving his worth in an array of positions and being voted the club’s 2012/13 Players’ Player of the Year.

In response to the call up Grant told the Sydney FC website “It was a massive honour, not only to be in the All-Stars, but to have the chance to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Despite the All-Stars going down 5-1, Dutch International and United striker Robin Van Persie sung the side’s praise: “They played very well so congratulations to them… luckily for us there were a lot of goals”.

Grant capped off the biggest game of his career by swapping jerseys with young United forward Wilfried Zaha after the match.

The A-League season will commence this October with Grant’s side Sydney FC kicking off on October 11.

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