Aaron Spain: a possible new PNG Kapuls member?

After a successful campaign at ISPS Handa Premiership in New Zealand for his side Team Wellington, the full-back Aaron Spain seems ready to represent Papua New Guinea internationally. The 25-year-old player was already called-up for Papua New Guinea national team in the past, but he is yet to make his international debut for his country.

The defender is from Kerema, Papua New Guinea and played his entire football career in New Zealand. Spain started his club football in Christchurch, with the well-know club Canterbury United. The Papua New Guinean impressed in the red-and-white team and secured a very interesting move to New Zealand powerhouse and former OFC Champions League champions Team Wellington. Spain played a very important role in the 2019/20 season for TeeDubs, helping his side to end the league in the 2nd place – earning themselves a spot in the 2021 edition of the OFC Champions League.

Aaron has a younger brother, Jordan, that recently represented New Zealand at OFC U23 Olympic Qualifiers. The 20-year-old seems commited to represent New Zealand at international level as he helped the country to seal a spot in the Football Men’s tournament in Tokyo Olympics. Jordan Spain also played the last edition of the ISPS Handa Premiership, but for the Dunedin-based side Southern United. Jordan also started his career in Christchurch playing for Canterbury United.

Aaron Spain played 15 matches in the season for Team Wellington, providing one assist in the process. The right-back would a be a fantastic addition to the PNG Kapuls side that is looking forward to the OFC Nations Cup to be held in New Zealand this year.

Papua New Guinea, that may have a very younger side in comparison from the 2016 OFC Nations Cup held in Port Moresby and the last edition of the Pacific Games in 2019, surely would be very happy to count on the experience and the quality of one of the most exciting backs of the New Zealand top-tier league.

If Papua New Guinea football association is serious about to build a strong generation of the Kapuls, Aaron Spain must be considered as one of the best options playing currently out of PNG National Soccer League. Spain seems ready to represent his homecountry, as a possible spot at New Zealand national team – as his younger brother is pursuing – seems very unlikely for him having the likes of Tim Payne and Storm Roux much ahead of him in a possible contest for the place in the Danny Hay-coached side.

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