Soccer star brings skills to Demons

SOCCER CLINIC: Under 13s players enjoyed a training session with now retired soccer star, Marcelo Carrusca, back, centre.
SOCCER CLINIC: Under 13s players enjoyed a training session with now retired soccer star, Marcelo Carrusca, back, centre.

The Northern Demons' Under 13s side had the opportunity to learn from a soccer great last Wednesday night, as Adelaide United premiership player Marcelo Carrusca paid a visit to Byrne Park.

Carrusca, who played with the Reds from 2012 to 2017, hosted training with the local Demons as part of his football academy.

His academy started three years ago, as he transitioned to retirement from the sport, and focuses on teaching technical skills to young players.

His visit to Port Pirie is the first clinic he has held outside of Adelaide.

"I now want to start sharing my experience with kids in regional areas," he said.

"We want to help the clubs with building better players."

Argentine-born Carrusca has enjoyed an impressive career in the sport, starting with Argentine club Estudiantes and moving to Turkish club Galatasaray.

He returned home to play the sport again in Argentina before joining Adelaide United in 2012 and then subsequent moves to Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers.

He was part of United's 2015-16 A-League championship team that defeated Western Sydney Wanderers to claim the club's first A-League grand final victory.

He also played in the Argentina Under 20 national team in the early 2000s.

Carrusca and the Northern Demons,plan on holding more training in Port Pirie in the July school holidays.