A torn tendon, five minutes into the game, wasn’t what the doctor ordered for a guy who was only 15 years old when he had a chance to play the game at the elite level but opted to stay out of the competitive environment at the time.
“I was facing our net trying to clear the ball out of our zone and when I turned to clear it my foot literally stuck to the turf,” Noseworthy said of the disappointing blow. “I guess you can picture my momentum trying to turn 180 degrees and my foot would not turn for me. We thought it was broke at the time, but it just turned out being a torn tendon which kept me out for basically the whole season.”
When a Western side was resurrected in the Challenge Cup league a couple of years ago Noseworthy started to think about finding out what it was like to play against the best players on the island.
He’s anxious to get back on the soccer pitch tonight when Steers Insurance Corner Brook United opens the 2017 Challenge Cup season against Feildians 6 p.m. at Wellington Street Sports Complex. The two teams will also clash Sunday 12 noon at Wellington.
He’s only 27 years old, but that makes him a veteran in many ways because the team boasts a lot of players in the early 20s, so he wants to do his best in helping the team improve on last year’s record that saw them finish in the lower echelons.
“I’ve got more drive this year than I ever have,” he said.
He’s expected to be a force on the back end as a tough guy to play against.
He’s got a burning in the belly for the game so he’s happy for another kick.