We sit down with the new Bruce on the block.
For Adelaide United’s latest upcoming talent, Bruce Kamau, taking his chances and becoming a regular starter for the first team are high on his agenda.
The Kenyan born midfielder has been a part of Adelaide United’s youth team
set-up since 2013 and has recently been given a chance to shine for the first team.
Quoting his father as his footballing inspiration, the 19 year old started playing for his local club, NAB (now Eastern United) when he first moved to Australia at the age of four and never looked back, moving from club to club before he was signed to a Foxtel National Youth League contract with Adelaide United from State League side Adelaide Olympic.
Talking about the transition from Adelaide United youth to first team, Bruce explained that it was a natural process for him.
“The way that training is structured, the coaches Micky (Valkanis), Ange (Costanzo) and Josep (Gombau) are making it a lot easier for young players to come through,,” he said.
“The youth and senior players train exactly the same under the same philosophy, so going from the youth team to the senior set-up was not that much of a disparity at all.”
Kamau made his first team debut against Málaga CF at Adelaide Oval in front of over 23,000 fans, a night he says has been the highlight of his career so far.
“I didn’t know I was getting the call up until a day before the match when I was told I was going to be included in the squad.
“I didn’t really expect to come on but I was thrilled when I got my chance to play against a La Liga side and in front of a massive crowd.”
He didn’t disappoint that night, showing pace and composure beyond his years against a number of experienced players, including renowned striker Roque Santa Cruz and Luis Alberto who is on loan from Liverpool.
His performance and willingness to go forward ensured a place for Bruce in the starting lineup in our FFA Cup clash against Wellington Phoenix with the young winger again proving that he is a strong attacking asset for the club in the 1-0 victory.
More recently he travelled with the squad on their Northern Territory tour and started against Perth Glory in the closed trial match at Coopers Stadium last Thursday.
From a personal point of view, Kamau is eager to continue learning under Gombau’s attacking, possession based philosophy of football, a style he is very fond of as a lifelong fan of both possession-based clubs Arsenal and FC Barcelona.
Bruce is looking forward to running out in front of a packed Coopers Stadium crowd where he hopes to make regular appearances in the Hyundai A-League this season for the Reds.
One thing Reds fans can count on from Bruce this season is that whenever he takes the field we can expect plenty of pace, skill and excitement from one of the Reds young stars of the future.
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