Iredale dedicates ‘special’ maiden goal to family

John Iredale scored his first goal for the Subway Socceroos on Tuesday night, but he said it was an extra special moment for him.

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Iredale made his debut for the senior Australian national side last Thursday and backed that up with his first goal for the team last night.

The 24-year-old currently plays for Wehen Wiesbaden in Germany’s 2. Bundesliga, where he has put in some promising performances, earning him a place in the Socceroos set-up.

The forward bagged his first Socceroos goal with his first touch off the bench in Canberra, prodding home Patrick Yazbek’s cross.

Emotions are high for debutant scorer John Iredale

He said he dedicated the moment to two people.

“It means the world to me,” Iredale said. 

“I've been dreaming of that moment and I dedicate that goal tonight to two very special people in my life.

“My fiancee, it's her birthday. And to my pop, who missed the last game because he was in hospital, he fought hard and got himself home to watch this game from the lounge.

“That's that's all I wanted from tonight's games to get that goal and it happened like that. It was very special for me.”

Iredale also said that the support of the Socceroos’ coaching staff and his development in Germany have contributed to this moment.

“He [Graham Arnold] gives me confidence in myself and Rene [Meulensteen] also, both of them push me as a person and a player and it's very special to reward them as well and get that goal tonight,” he said.

“It's [playing in Germany] helped me develop physically and mentally as a player. It's a very, very strong league with a great fan base. And that's just allowed me to get to the level to perform.”

Iredale will return back to Germany for club football, where his Wehen Wiesbaden host bottom side VfL Osnabruck on Sunday. 

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