Shaun Kane is enjoying his season with Shepparton South in Regional Premier League, being relatively injury-free and banging home goals.MATTHEW GALEA June 25, 2014 3:15am
To date, this year has been Shaun Kane’s best in Goulburn North East Football Association’s Regional Premier League.
The Shepparton South front man arrived as a direct replacement for Craig Carley, who opted to join Goulburn Valley Suns, and he has not disappointed.
Nine goals in 10 games has been a healthy return for the Scotsman, who so far has seen his stint in Shepparton stifled by injury and littered with heartbreak.
Kane signed for Shepparton Soccer Club in 2011 and played three seasons with the Reds before joining the Southerners this year, after Shepparton opted not to field an RPL side.
In those three seasons, Kane played in two losing grand finals, first a 5-0 loss to a less fancied Cobram Victory in 2012 and then last season’s heartbreaking 3-1 loss after extra-time against Shepparton United.
‘‘The first one was a pasting, but it was an odd one because the team was full of confidence at the time,’’ Kane said.
‘‘The lead up to it, the team was playing so well and we really thought if we played our game we’d win it, but we showed up expecting to win.
‘‘Last year, I think United were always favourites and the boys played great in the final, but it just came to fitness.’’
Fitness has been a concern for Kane for most of his career.
The 26-year-old remembers battling through injuries even in his division one United States college soccer days in New York, where he played at University of Albany for four years.
‘‘My injuries sort of started there, but my second season was good. I was one or two goals shy of top goal-scorer and it was the fittest I’ve felt,’’ Kane said.
‘‘But after that, injuries plagued me.’’
However, fewer games and a better understanding of his body has allowed Kane to thrive this season and he hopes to cap it with a premiership.
‘‘There’s a good buzz and we’re playing well,’’ Kane said.
‘‘We’ve been getting results, we’re playing some good attacking stuff and working hard for each other.
‘‘Hopefully it’s third time lucky for me. We’ve definitely got the squad to do it and we’ve beaten every team, but as I learnt in my first season, finals are a different story.’’
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