Cook serving up a treat in Australia

Nathan Cook in action
Nathan Cook in action

Nathan Cook is now pushing through the rungs of Australian football after learning his trade as a youngster in Scarborough.

Cook, 25, came through the school of excellence at Scarborough FC, won honours with the also defunct Scarborough Town and also featured for Scarborough Athletic.

Since then though he has set up home in Australia with his girlfriend Phoebe and has taken to the game Down Under like a duck to water.

He initially played for Northcote City in the National Premier League Two, and having produced a number of solid performances at centre-back, Cook has now joined Green Gully.

He said: “I’ve signed for Green Gully in the National Premier League, they are nine-time Victorian champions and have produced some of Australia’s finest players.

“It came from playing for Northcote and putting in some solid performances at centre back.

“The level is semi-professional and it is only getting stronger.

“I’ll be playing one step below the A-League which still doesn’t have a promotion or relegation system as it works similarly to the MLS in the United States.

“It’s hard to compare to back home because there are foreign players from all over the world come here, not just players from England.

“Clubs do normally require players from the Conference North or South or higher if they are coming here from the UK.

“It’s a much more technical game here, it took me a while getting used to the speed but I definitely believe it’s made me a better player.

“I’ve been training four times a week and been around a professional environment.”

Cook originally just travelled to Australia for a short while, but that stay was extended due mainly to his footballing progression.

“Me and my girlfriend Phoebe came here for a long holiday with the intention of staying longer and me playing football and her working,” added Cook.

“I’ll always miss the game in England, the passion is on another level back home but on the plus side we don’t have many cold Tuesday night games here.

“At the moment I’m just concentrating on playing well and securing a finals spot.

“Obviously playing in the A-League would be amazing but to be honest that’s a long shot with the various visa rules out here.

“However there are strong talks on an A-league Two coming into play so maybe that’s something to aim for.

“There are a few famous players in the league within Australia/New Zealand.

“Archie Thompson, the A-league’s all-time top scorer and Australia top scorer behind Tim Cahill, actually plays in the league below.

“There are plenty of ex-professionals from all over playing as well.”

Cook still harbors ambitions of returning to play for Boro, but he is currently enjoying his stay in Australia.

He added: “I’ll always dream of playing for Scarborough again, especially now they’re back in the town.

“I think for the moment I’m happy playing here in Australia, but who knows what the future holds.”

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