Brian Kaltak: the path to professional football

Brian Kaltak is Vanuatu’s most successful footballer in the last decade. He made his international debut – and was captain at the age of just 17.

For four seasons he has been with Auckland City – the biggest football club in Oceania. In Auckland he has established himself as one of the best defenders on South Pacific.

Now he is going on trial with Central Coast Marines of the Australian A-League and could be the second Ni-Vanuatu player to play at the highest level of Australian football – only Mitch Cooper managed to play in the A-League. Cooper played from 2012 to 2017 for both Gold Coast United and Newcastle Jets.

Brian Kaltak will spend two weeks training with the Central Coast Mariners squad

I am greatful of the opportunity that I have to trial with the team for these two weeks. To be honest I am really looking forward to it – I will give my best. I’ve been with Auckland City for a number of years. I’ve been playing big games, so this league wouldn’t be new to me. I am known what happens in these big games, that’s the positive side of me and the experience I have from the past. If my trial is successful it would be an honor to help the team. ”

Brian Kaltak in Central Coast Mariners uniform

Unfortunately Brian Kaltak was unable to play the World Cup qualifiers with Vanuatu due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the delegation.

Our trip in Qatar was great despite it didn’t happen the way we planned. It’s just unfortunate that the all team had tested positive with this virus and we had to pull out from the tournament – It is sad that this had to happen but it is what it is. We can’t change anything we have to live with it. The boys have good experience about the outside world and for now we had to look forward to what the future holds. It was a good experience for me as the team captain to drive those boys throughout our worst situation ’till we all recover and back training. “

The Oceania Football Center wishes Brian Kaltak best of luck in getting a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners.

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