The sport of football is about so much more than the sport itself, according to Australian Rugby League (ARL) and Westbury’s Senior Manager, Andy McQueen.
In an exclusive interview with The Sport, Mr McQueen revealed that he has been a huge supporter of the sport in Australia since his childhood and his love of it stems from his upbringing.
“It was a sport that was a part of my life that I had a really strong attachment to growing up in Westbury and that has been the story of my career and my career,” he said.
“In high school I played a lot of footy and in my mid 20s I played rugby league in the Brisbane Broncos and then as a professional I played at the Brisbane Strikers, which is a local club.”
I’ve got the longest family history in Westport in the NRL and my family and friends have been involved in the game for over 100 years.”‘
I’m not a big fan of the whole game’While Mr McQueens mother was a long time player and has a passion for the game of footie, he was initially not a fan of it.”
My mother was never into the whole footy thing and I had my own opinion of it,” he explained.”
We’d watch the rugby league games on TV and when I grew up I didn’t have the same opinion.
“As I got older I would play a little bit of footies and I’ve never really had a problem with it.
I’m not the biggest fan of football.”
When I’m at home I’m playing footies or whatever it is I do, I don’t get too into it.
It’s not something I would ever get into.
“Despite Mr McQuinns early involvement with footy, it was when he was playing for the Brisbane Roar that his love for the sport really took off.”
You look at the players and it’s so hard to get a grip on,” he continued.”
There are a lot more people playing footy now than when I was a kid.
“If you’re not going to get into footy you need to be in a club that’s trying to get the best out of you.”
As the player who is playing for a national team, Mr Dunne’s passion for footy was something he never lost sight of.
“To be a footy player and to be able to play footy for your country, that’s something that I never lost track of and I always had a keen interest in it,” Mr Dunnes said.
In his youth, Mr Duncan’s passion was to be a part-time player.
“That’s a big part of what I love about footy,” he stated.
“At the age of 16 I started playing for Westbury to try and get some experience, but that was just to get some footy experience.”
Mr McQueen has worked closely with Mr Duncan for the past 18 months.
“He is a really, really good person, really bright and has an unbelievable personality,” he recalled.
“What I really like about Andy is that he loves to give you an insight into what his mind is thinking and what he thinks about things and he is always listening to what you have to say.”
Andy is really passionate about what he does, and what the players at Westbury are doing, and he has a great relationship with them.
“They are always listening and listening to him and he will be able understand everything that you have been saying and you can just see the passion in his eyes and the enthusiasm in his voice.”‘
It is not about the footy’While playing footie has not been Mr McDun’s preferred sport, he has never felt at a loss for something new to do.
“This is not the sport that I play but I’m very excited about it and I have been a really big fan for a long, long time and I’m really looking forward to it,” the 29-year-old said.’
I’ve never felt like I’m getting bored with footies’As the only son of a retired football manager, Mr MacDun has a lot to learn.
“For me, footy has never been about the ball and the run, I’ve always had an affinity for the ball,” he admitted.
“But it’s not just about the balls and the runs, it’s about what the game is about and the atmosphere.”
Westbury have been really good at developing and helping me develop and develop in a really good way and I just love it there.
“The man who will always remember the moment when he went out to score his first tryIn the 2014 World Cup final against England, Mr McIntosh had a chance to get his first career try and he went all out to make it happen.”
From the first time I came onto the field I just went into it full out and I didn’ even