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Dunn: Why I Left

Rising Navua striker, Thomas Dunn, has broken his silence over his controversial trip to Australia, indicating that it was about furthering his tertiary education instead of his football career.
17 Apr 2022 12:06
Dunn: Why I Left
edFormer Navua striker Thomas Dunn (left) during a training session in Lautoka. Photo: Fiji Football Association

Rising Navua striker, Thomas Dunn, has broken his silence over his controversial trip to Australia, indicating that it was about furthering his tertiary education instead of his football career.

The 20-year-old, was alleged to have turned his back on the national football team to play in a social tournament in Victoria, Australia.

Speaking to SUNsports, Dunn said, his choices was to further his education to secure him a better future so he could support his dad. His mum died early this year.

“I went to Australia on a student visa because I wanted to study Automotive Engineering and pursue a career as a mechanic,” he said.

“I’m on a three-year student visa and I’m currently in the country to attend the end of our mourning period (100 nights) over the passing away of my mum.”

Dunn said his sister-in law and her family gave him the opportunity to further his tertiary education in Australia and pursue a better life after his mother died.

“I’m doing this for my future and also for my family. This is something for me to fall back on once my football career comes to an end.

“My relatives advised me to go to Australia to further my tertiary education to get a secure job so I can support my family in Fiji. This is especially for my dad who has been looking after us.”

The youngster said he had attend­ed a football trial with Frankston Pine FC and was selected.

“It was not a bazaar tournament. It’s just like a local competition in Fiji. The competition standard is not bad. The competition is played on Sundays and it helped me in get­ting my fitness and game time as well.”

Dunn said that he had talked to national coach, Flemming Serrit­slev, and manager Anushil Kumar, about his move to Australia.

“I told them that I was going to leave for studies. Little did I know that this would happen and if I had done anything wrong to the Fiji Football Association, then I apolo­gise.”

When contacted, Kumar con­firmed that Dunn had told them about him leaving for Australia but he failed to follow the proper proto­col.

“He did advise us but it was at the last minute. So, the coach gave him time to think about it but he (Dunn) chose to leave for Australia,” Ku­mar said.

“We are not stopping anyone from their studies but at the same time it is the duty of the players to follow protocol.

“Players must understand that there are rules and regulations of any organization like the Fiji Foot­ball Association.”



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