Why this goal-scoring Ipswich footballer is so surprised
ENGLISH recruit Ryan Adekoya New is the first to admit he didn't score many goals in his homeland.
However, with a grin as wide as Wembley Stadium, he leaves little doubt about how much he's enjoying his current stint at the Ipswich City Bulls.
"It's good. They are a good bunch of lads,'' he said of playing in this year's Capital League 2 football side.
"I just want to win in the end and we win a fair few games as well so that's a bonus.''
The Bulls are currently in third place.
However, even Adekoya New is surprised to be the team's leading goal scorer.
Wearing the Bulls number 11 jersey, he's scored 16 goals from 13 premiership matches this season.
That included a five-goal haul against New Farm United on April 22 and four goals against Park Ridge last month.
While he didn't score in last weekend's 2-1 win over Brisbane Phoenix, the happy-go-lucky visitor enjoyed the spirited banter coming from his teammates.
"I manage to get into the right place,'' he laughed about why he's finding the net so often.
"I have no technique whatsoever but when you're in the six yard box, they go in.''
Preparing for Saturday night's catch-up match against Annerley at Sutton Park, Adekoya New was happy to be ahead of captain Zygan Condie (11 goals) and Dane Grant in the premiership goal-scoring race.
"Dane's on 10 and a red card,'' Adekoya New declared, as his teammates joined in a chorus of laughter outside the dressing room last Saturday night.
Heading into the latest game, the Bulls are third on goal difference with Annerley (27 points).
The livewire English footballer's most enjoyable game was scoring five goals against New Farm.
"Every goal was just inside the box and they (teammates) just gave me rubbish for it,'' he said.
Having grown up in the UK, Adekoya New spent two years working in Thailand before heading to Australia on a visa.
He played in a seven-a- side competition in Thailand before seeing the Bulls needed some more players and he offered to help out.
Now working on a hydroponic farm near Mutdapilly, the 24-year-old wants to remain in Queensland.
"I'll have a look at extending my visa because I want to stay around here,'' he said.
And that includes playing more football after his previous experience up front in the English Sunday League.
"I'm loving it,' he said of his time with the Bulls.
"This will be the highest level I've played.''
After Saturday's 6pm match, the Bulls can focus on next Friday night's local derby against Western Spirit at Kippen Park.
The Bulls are looking for revenge on Ipswich Cup eve after Spirit won game one.
Capital League 2 catch-up: Saturday (6pm) - Ipswich City Bulls v Annerley at Sutton Park, Brassall. Reserve Grade match at 4pm.
Western Spirit, Western Pride and the Ipswich Knights have no games this weekend.