Former Newcastle Jets striker Kristian Brymora is back in Australia aiming to recharge and reset his career under former A-League championship winner turned coach, Ruben Zadkovich.
Brymora, 20, returned to Australia late last year after 18 months in Europe.
The forward finished the stint last October in Sweden with an impressive 12 goals in 20 games at Swedish second division club Hassleholms IF.
The Swedes wanted him to return for another year but Brymora feels under the tutelage of Zadkovich, he is best served to develop his game even further.
“Sweden was an amazing experience. But I came back in the off-season and because of a family connection, I was training with Magic under Ruben to keep fit,” Brymora told FTBL.
“I met with Ruben, and he was really positive and wants the best for me. For me right now, that’s what I need. I need someone to back me and believe in me.”
Brymora certainly believes in himself.
Rather than being on the fringes at the Jets – where he made one appearance - the then 18-year-old chanced his arm a year and a half ago, went to Europe and took the opportunity with both hands.
Before Sweden, he was signed by Watford and Millwall U23s and was at the Lions during the time Socceroos legend Tim Cahill was back at his first overseas club last year.
“I learnt so much from Tim," said Brymora. "You don’t realise how much you learn till later. He’s one of the most amazing footballers and people I’ve ever met.”
Brymora also spent time trialing in England and playing at Watford as he got a first-hand look at the big time in England.
“It was a dream to go overseas, and a hard decision to come back but being at Broadmeadow is a positive move," he said.
“I’m able to work really closely with someone who believes in me. And that’s what most important. It drives you.”
Zadkovich, who is only 32, is proving a natural as a coach with a Northern NSW NPL championship trophy under his belt last season at Broadmeadow Magic.
The club is one of the biggest and most professional clubs in NNSW.
The combative former Socceroo and Olyroo who won the A-League with Sydney FC was forced to retire from the game in 2016. He picked up some initial coaching experience at Kenny Lowe’s Glory before heading back across the country to start his coaching journey in the NPL.
With the lure of Zadkovich and home comforts in Newcastle, Brymora feels this is the right move.
“I always wanted to be coached by someone like him,” added Brymora. “And luckily for me, he [Zadkovich] lives close by so that helps.
"Having someone who says, ‘We can work together to make you a better player and believes in you’ is important to me.
“I’m only 20. I still want to grow as a footballer.”
With two expansion clubs coming into the A-League over the next two years – Western Melbourne this year and Macarthur South West Sydney in 2020 – Brymora is hoping greater opportunities will pop up in Australia.
He added: “I just want to re-evaluate where I am right now. I’m back with my family, my girlfriend’s here.
“It’s a fresh start and I’ll just let my football do my talking at Magic.”