Caltex Socceroos: if you weren’t a footballer?

We asked the question of our national team boys and got some enlightening responses - from working in the music industry to a professional on the tennis circuit a waiter in a cafe and even a policeman.

For those who are lucky enough to forge a successful career as a footballer, many are living their dream every single day.

But if football wasn’t an option what sort of careers would players choose? 

We put the question to seven Caltex Socceroos and some of their answers might surprise you. 


I probably wouldn’t have a job! I’d probably be travelling around the world with the guitar on my back!

I’ve got no idea. I’d probably go into further education, I still plan to at some point in the next few years. Maybe when my career has a more stable look to it.

Jackson Irvine

I was always interested in journalism and broadcasting. I’m very musical, I’d have love to do something in music. I’ve got a lot of interests in a lot of things. 

It’s a short career football so hopefully some of these things I can explore in later life.


I’d probably say a tennis player. I would have had a crack at another sport.


If I wasn’t a footballer I’d probably be a copper. Just the authority, helping the community out. You have a lot of responsibility. The authority as well it’s a nice thing to have.

Trent Sainsbury on the ball during Australia's 2-0 win over Iraq.


Anything. Anything I put my heart to, it works. It’s working now even though I am a footballer. I do well in business, I do well outside of football. So anything.


Don’t ask me that! My dad had a construction company when he was in Australia so probably join the family business or something like that. If I didn’t do that I’d probably be a waiter in a café or bar or something like that.  

I’m glad football worked out for me to be honest!

Tomi Juric loves score goals and will  be gunning for a few at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Honestly I don’t know, I have no idea. Football is all I’ve ever really known. I think I’d be in sport somewhere, what sport I’m not sure.


I still don’t know to this day. I sometimes think about what I’m going to do after my career finishes, whenever it finishes. I don’t know. 

I’m still trying to figure that out.