Andy grew up as a footballer with South and we are immensely proud of his achievements. We spoke with Andy this morning on his move from the State League to the A-League.
How does it feel to be signing a professional contract with Newcastle Jets? I'm absolutely thrilled to be signing for the Jets. The week I had up in Newcastle was an exciting one, which makes me only look forward for the coming season with the Jets.
Is it weird to think that you will be a professional footballer? I suppose so. To have a dream become reality and so quickly after experiencing some tough times was unexpected.
How big a role has Ken and South Hobart Football Club played in getting you to this place? They have played a massive role. Not only in the development in my football but for who I am today. Obviously Ken's training has always been amazing and being such a good role model has helped me get to where I am today. Also South Hobart have lots of amazing people at the club, like Victoria the President, who take amazing care of their players.
Did you have doubts that you would make it? I've never thought too far ahead in my football. Where ever I have been I've just put my head down and trained hard. With good people around me at South Hobart and South Melbourne I have been able to do that, and thankfully great opportunities have come my way.
Victory League players will see you as a role model, you were tearing up the VPL last week and now you are a pro footballer. Do you think you are proof that players from Tasmania can make it and also that age is no barrier? There are some good players in the Victory League, I maintain that hard working players with top attitudes, and obviously good potential, can make it.
Ken Morton never doubted Andy had what it takes and knew it was only a matter of time before others recognised what he saw in Andy - and David Clarkson made that possible through his football connections. Ken has always had great belief in Andy stating "I have been fortunate to have been coaching Andy for a number of years. I have always had great belief that he had what it takes to become a professional footballer. Pace, a thunderous shot, crisp sharp crosses - and at South Melbourne he developed further, reading the play much better. He added the extra dimension of being a warrior, a fighter and never giving up - and you need that in modern football.
South Hobart President Victoria Morton is especially proud saying "It is a very proud day for the Brennan and Morton families. Andy has been like a son to me since the age of four and has been a huge part of our family growing up. He is a fabulous person, which matches his football ability perfectly. He deserves every opportunity that comes his way.
Newcastle Jets posted this article Boom NPL attacker Andy Brennan joins Jets on their website today.
All of us at South Hobart Football Club wish Andy the very best in the next step of his football career and we will be following his progress closely.