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Local Person: Kasper Hallam

by Lily Whiting
Local Person: Kasper Hallam

At only 19 years of age, Hobart teen Kasper Hallam is rubbing shoulders in the A-League after signing with Melbourne Victory late last year.

Where did you live in Hobart and where are you now? I was living in Dodges Ferry for the last 15 years or so and now I have moved to the suburb of Preston in Melbourne.

Why Hobart? The nature in and around Hobart, particularly kunanyi, makes the city quite a special place.

Tell us a little about your work? Last year I was working at Sorell High School as a trainee in the Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Outdoor Education Department – which is essentially the dream job of doing all the fun activities minus the paperwork of teachers!

Congratulations on signing with Melbourne Victory. What was the support like in the leadup to signing? Unbelievable really. Ken Morton (South Hobart manager) was constantly getting in touch with me during my trial period asking how things were going and giving me advice. It was tough to make the decision to leave, but I always felt that they were behind me and supporting me.

What has been the biggest adjustment for you, going from playing NPL in your home state to playing in the A-League across the ditch? The biggest adjustment has been the training load. After only this short period that I’ve been up here training with the Melbourne Victory U23 squad – I already feel that I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been!

What aspects of your game are you focusing on this season? The basics of a good first touch and quick passing has always been a focus of mine to work on and this step up has definitely increased my focus on these simple areas of the game.

Are there any players or teams you are looking forward to playing against or with? Right now, my goal is to break into a few first team trainings and get the opportunity to train with the A-League players.

What do you love doing outside work? Football has been my number one focus for a number of years now, however I do love getting out in the waves with my mates when I can.

Who do you admire? Probably most of all my brothers, who teach me not to get too wrapped up in football and enjoy the journey along the way.

Favourite podcast or tv show? I recently finished binging the whole two seasons of Netflix, The Witcher in about two days during isolation which was pretty unreal.

Secret Vice I’m a bit of a sucker for a rom com.

What does a dream career of a profes­sional soccer player look like? Being a professional player looks incredibly demanding and takes a lot of sacrifice, however, it is the dream career and I’d do just about anything for a shot at it!

What are you reading now? Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

What gets your goat? Copping banter for saying football instead of soccer, haha.

What was your first job? Working as a cleaner at the local butcher.

What are your daily news/social media habits? I’m still somewhat of a screen-ager, so I get most of my daily news off of Facebook.

Your favourite place for…

Breakfast: Just at home for Mum’s egg, bacon and mushroom cook-ups.

Lunch: The sushi train is a go to.

Dinner: The Winston makes a pretty good pub meal.

Favourite team? Newcastle United

Favourite Hobart secret? Ooh, if I told you, it wouldn’t be much of a secret!

Parting words? I’m definitely excited for the future, but I’m certain that a part of me will always be missing Tassie, and my friends and family.

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