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Local star bound for overseas contract

PAPUA New Guinea international Patrick Aisa is the latest home-grown player to secure a contract with Hamilton Wanderers.

Hamilton Wanderers have added the PNG international to their squad for the upcoming national league football season, drawing on coach Ricki Herbert’s past connections.

Aisa left for New Zealand on Monday, joining countryman Tommy Semmy, who both are on board with Wanderers for the 2017-18 ISPS Handa Premiership.

The 23-year-old – who has made six impressive appearances for the Papua New Guinea national team – caught the eye of Herbert when they worked together during his coaching stint with the Papua New Guinea U-23 national team in 2015.

Unlike many of his Kapul teammates, Aisa wasn’t born into a family of football, but was eager to try to pave his own unique pathway in sport and try it out.

“In my family there is no other brother or sister playing soccer, it’s just me, myself,” he said.

“I just wanted to be different in my family.

“I chose football just to be different and I was surprised I was quite good at it. I just want to keep trying to do better and better.”

Papua New Guinea men’s national coach Flemming Serritslev’s advice to Patrick Aisa, is simple – keep working hard.

Serritslev said the New Zealand league is a very physical league, which is good for Patrick’s development but that would depend on how hard he worked at training and in learning the game at the professional level.

“Patrick is a very skillful player and in my opinion he is one of the biggest talents in the region. He just has to keep working hard and stay disciplined and convince Ricki Herbert that he can play.”

“Patrick is a coming star of the PNG National Team,” Serritslev said.

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