Brisbane Roar midfielder Henry Hore credits his faith in the process for his climb to the Isuzu UTE A-League.
The former North Shore junior, who got his start in the sport at the age of five, was a part of the Roar’s Under 18’s program, where soon after, he was promoted to the Youth team.
However, looking to make the leap to the Isuzu UTE A-League, Hore made the move across Australia to Perth Glory’s youth team in 2018/2019 after completing high school.
“I wanted to kick start my career again, I knew that I needed to get back in a professional environment, so I made the sacrifice to move away from the family to hopefully pursue my dreams,” Hore recalled.
“It was a big move that had been a bit scary at the time but thinking back over it now I think it was the best move I could ever make.
“I learned so much stuff not just on the field but off the field too.”
During his time in Western Australia, Hore trained full-time with Glory’s first team alongside the likes of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro and current Roar teammate Scott Neville.
The Nambour native then made the decision to return to Queensland to reignite his enjoyment in the game, joining National Premier League heavyweights Lions FC.
“Coming back home was just pretty much to just enjoy football and play as many matches as I could, as well as win games and just see what would happen to me,” Hore said.
Hore went on to win a Premiership (2019) and Championship (2020) title with the Lions, as well as being named in the NPL Queensland Team of the Year for his outstanding performance.
Determined to break back into Australia’s top football league, Hore made the decision to head south to join South Melbourne FC for the 2021 NPL Victoria season.
“I thought I’d move to Melbourne tackle that league and see how we go and try to make it back into the professional environment,” Hore explained.
“I think my time in Perth lit a fire in my belly to make that return.
“I just wanted to get back and I always saw myself getting back to it,” he added.
Then in September, his dream became a reality as he signed with the Roar before Hore made his debut a month later. He would go on to play a further 22 matches during the 2021/22 Isuzu UTE A-League season, starting in 17 and scoring 5 goals.
At the season’s end, Hore was awarded the Club’s Breakthrough Player of the Year award.
While a hamstring injury side-lined Hore at the start of the current season, his hard work has seen him go on to make nine appearances so far.
The 23-year-old hopes to continue helping his team push for a finals spot this season.
“There’s definitely some personal goals like scoring a number of goals but overall, it’s just for the team to hopefully make finals,” he said.
The Brisbane Roar will face Melbourne City on Saturday 21 January at Kayo Stadium. Get your tickets HERE.