Aussies Abroad: Ryan McGowan seals move to Kuwait SC

Weeks after representing the Socceroos in Kuwait City, Ryan McGowan is set to return to the Middle East to play his club football for Kuwait SC. 

The Australian centre-back is set to ply his trade in the Kuwait Premier League for the three-time AFC Cup Champions. 

McGowan was welcomed back into the national team last month, starting in the Socceroos' 3-0 FIFA World Cup Qualifying win over Kuwait. 

The call-up came after a couple of successful seasons in the A-League with Sydney FC, where he secured a Premiership and Championship double in his first campaign before helping the club to their third consecutive Grand Final in 2020/21. 

“Coming back to Australia and playing and winning trophies for Sydney FC has been everything I hoped it would be,” the 31-year-old told Sydney FC.

“My aim was to win things and to get back in the Socceroos squad and I have achieved both.

“I can’t thank the club, our players and staff and most importantly our Members enough for this opportunity and I’d love to come back one day.”

The club also announced that McGowan is set to play alongside Nigerian interational John Obi Mikel, who was most recently a teammate of Socceroo Harry Souttar at Stoke City. 

It has been a busy period for Socceroos in the transfer market, with the likes of Jackson Irvine, Brandon Borrello, Danny Vukovic, Brandon O'Neill and Mustafa Amini all sealing fresh moves in recent weeks.