James Rhys
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James has over 12 years experience as a freelance writer. He has worked within media departments at a number of sports clubs as well as reporting on football in Wales, England and Scotland for a number of outlets. Recently returned to the industry, he now covers Australian and New Zealand football from the UK.

Diego Castro: The Man, The Myth, ‘El Maestro’

August 6th, 2015. Perth Glory have just announced the signing of a 33-year-old winger from Spanish side Getafe CF. After more than a decade of plying his trade in his homeland, Diego Castro Gimenez, was set to make the switch…

Training alone, trials and travel restrictions: Life as a free agent in a global pandemic

There are few more exciting times in the footballing calendar for fans than when the transfer window is thrown open. Excited supporters sit with bated breath, pouring over every whisper and rumour as they wait in anticipation for all the…

“I really felt for the fans. It was a really, really tough season”: Steve Kean lifts the lid on his time at Melbourne Victory

Eyebrows were certainly raised when, ahead of their 2020-21 campaign, the Melbourne Victory announced the arrival of former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean. More than a decade after making the transition from coaching in to management, the one time Premier…

Toby Snook: Who is WA’s Welsh international?

To date, over 80 different nationalities have been represented in the A-League, and given the history, popularity and quality of the game in Britain, it’s no surprise that the UK and Ireland have provided more than their fair share of…

“These are the games that fans remember for years and years and years” – Ryan McGowan on derbies and Devlin

Any initial misgivings Hearts fans may have had over the signing of Cameron Devlin have seemingly evaporated, quickly replaced by a newfound sense of excitement and anticipation. There’s a gentle buzz building around the arrival of the diminutive defensive midfielder,…

Ground-breaking CBA to drive professional leagues

Football in Australia is set for a revolutionary shake up in a bid to cement its place as a truly elite sport on the global stage.  Under the terms of a groundbreaking five-year agreement between Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and…

‘He’s a player who is going to fight’ – What Victory fans can expect from Rai Marchan

Tony Popovic’s Victory rebuild was already well underway when the club announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Rai Marchan a little over a month ago.  Having spent his whole career plying his trade in the lower divisions of the Spanish…

Can Postecoglou make history in Old Firm debut?

It’s fair to say the arrival of Ange Postecoglou in Scotland was met with mixed reactions. Those familiar with Ange’s achievements with club and country were quick to sing his praises, while Celtic supporters burned by a disappointing season, the…

Beyond the Dugout: The Heart and Soul

When the idea for Beyond the Dugout was first floated amongst members of the Kick360 editorial team, the desire was to shine a light on the incredibly important and often unseen work of those slogging away behind the scenes in…

‘There’s plenty of playing in me yet’ Roy O’Donovan eyeing A-League return.

With a new era bringing in sweeping changes across the A-League and the dark clouds of the on-going pandemic still swirling over head, the future of many a free agent this off-season is masked in uncertainty.  For veteran striker Roy…