FORMER Stornoway United and Lewis and Harris Select stopper Stuart Dunn could be set to turn out in the Queensland State League finals – barley two months since moving to Australia.
Dunn had only been back in Scotland for a year after an initial spell in Oz where visa troubles robbed him of a chance to play in the prestigious finals but now he could be in line for a second chance.
Despite interest from the Soccer Bulls Dunn agreed a deal with Marlin Coast in the FNQ Football prems competition as he felt he wasn’t fit enough just seven weeks after arriving in Cairns.
But the Bulls, who have reportedly been desperate to get Dunn back at the start of the year, were near the top of the State League and the guys replacing him on the backline were a big part of that.
“I knew I wasn’t fit enough to play for the Bulls and I knew that Marlin Coast had been really hit by injuries and I was close to a lot of the guys there,” Dunn told The Cairns Post, “so I went to Marlin Coast.”
After the Rangers won the premiership and were bundled out of the finals, Dunn was available for the Bulls, but only for three weeks.
But because the Crad Evans Shield fell on the same weekend as the Queensland State League final, Dunn would agonisingly have to choose between the two.
“I would absolutely love to play in the final but I made a commitment to Marlin Coast and there’s no way I can walk away from that.
“So I’m going to do my best to get them into the final. That’s all I can do. And then I’ll go and play in the Crad Evans.”