Like many – if not all – one-time A-League players playing their trade at NPL level, Gold Coast City’s Jarrod Kyle still harbours hope he could one day get that phone call.
Kyle, now 24, spent just under five months with Sydney FC on an injury replacement deal back in 2013 before moving to the NPL with local side City – known then as Palm Beach Sharks.
The striker put himself firmly back in the shop window in the FFA Cup round of 32, netting a hat-trick against Western Knights in a 3-1 win.
Kyle admitted on Wednesday’s Daily Football Show that he often dreams of a return to top flight football, but warned against pinning his hopes on a revival.
“It’s always there, (but) you can’t really throw all your eggs in one basket, especially when you go back to the lower leagues and you start grafting away,” he explained.
“You kind of just get into the rhythm of working and playing part time.
“You just try and do your best and I’ve got the headspace now that if it’s going to come, it will come.
“But until it does come, I’ve just got to continue to do what I do because it seems to be working, especially this year.”
Away from football, Kyle is working with family at their Gold Coast restaurant, a life that has opened his eyes.
Content in that position, Kyle added that were he to be sounded out by a professional club, he would approach the opportunity differently.
“Especially maturing to the age I am now, I think I’d take different steps and take things differently if I was going to get the opportunity to play at that level again,” he said.
“Until that comes, I’m just trying to work hard and do everything to my best ability in my every day life which is giving me good results at the moment so I can can’t complain.”
Kyle will be out to back up his hat-trick against Knights when Gold Coast visit Queensland rivals Moreton Bay United.
Having been injured when the sides met little over four days ago, Kyle expects to be fit and ready to make an impact as manager Grae Piddick goes up against United rival and brother Adam.