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Donemana man Kristian is 'loving life' after completing dream move to New Zealand

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Donemana man Kristian is 'loving life' after completing dream move to New Zealand thumbnailDonemana man and former Glasgow Rangers trainee, Kristian Gibson, who has completed a dream move to Nelson Suburbs in New Zealand. (Photo by Philip Rollo/Nelson Mail).

A DONEMANA man has made the most unexpected move in a bid to revive his football career.

Kristian Gibson, a former Glasgow Rangers trainee, has recently signed for Mainland Premier League side, Nelson Suburbs, in New Zealand, after being approached by friend, Ryan Stewart, a former Limavady United player and who is currently plying his trade out there.

Gibson, who is 21, had moved to Glentoran after his spell in Scotland before joining Ardstraw in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League.

However, he didn't have to think twice when he was offered a chance to play football on the other side of the world.

"Ryan called me at 1.30am one morning and asked me how I would like a move to New Zealand," he said.

"I already knew I would be moving but I wanted to talk it over with my family first.

"I knew I was doing well in football and I had got my confidence back. Some other bigger teams had been asking about me but I was surprised I was being giving a shot to play in New Zealand so I jumped at the opportunity."

Gibson, who is now playing on the same team as former Dergview player, Corey Wilson, is "loving life" in his new home and was pleased with his debut in which Nelson Suburbs held reigning champions, Cashmere Technical to a goalless draw.

"Our opponents have won the league for the past three years and were in great form, scoring 16 times in their last three games, so I'm pleased with the clean sheet," said the defender.

"I've enjoyed it so much out here that I don't think il ever want to go back to Northern Ireland, maybe only for a holiday!" laughed the former pupil of the then Strabane High School.

"I have been travelling around seeing the different lakes, doing some fishing and thoroughly enjoying the most beautiful country I have ever seen."

Although Gibson is undoubtedly happy with life at the moment, he isn't sure where his long-term future lies.

"It's difficult to tell where I'll be in five years but hopefully I'll be playing at the highest possible standard."

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