09 Feb From Merseyside to Brisbane: Daniel Hannah’s Football Journey
Most of our work here at DB Sports Tours looks to help young footballers find their path in the game, but not all of it centres toward such youth. Today we have some fantastic news coming from the way of Merseyside, Liverpool and all the way to Brisbane, Australia.
Daniel Hannah (24) was born in Liverpool in 1992 with dreams of carving out a career in the game. Although aspirations of making it to the very top of the game never materialised for Daniel, he did find a pathway to play football professionally.
Following a career with a string of clubs in the lower leagues in England Daniel now lives in Brisbane, Australia, and with our help Daniel has now signed for Holland Park Hawks, a semi-professional side based in Brisbane.
Following a career which has been illustrated by hard-work Daniel now finds himself playing the game he loves on the other side of the world. While his current setting is likely the finest of his career, his beginnings were – as he would admit – far more humbling.
As a child Daniel played for several clubs around Liverpool, with the majority of his time spent at youth club Albany. By the time Daniel was 14 Blackburn Rovers had shown an interest, but he decided to stay and finish school rather than moving away from home at such as early age.
Upon finishing school Daniel signed for Southport FC, helping them gain promotion to the Conference Premier under the tutelage of former Watford FC striker Allan Smart. Whilst playing at Southport Daniel kept his options open, earning his stripes in coaching, having acquired a UEFA B Licence during that time.
Following his time at Southport Daniel then moved to another Merseyside based club in Accrington Stanley. However his time there was cut short due to a knee injury. From then Daniel moved to Tranmere Rovers, but due to a lack of regular time he then sought more regular football elsewhere.
Playing for Litherland Remyca in the Liverpool County League Daniel saw the club transition to amateur status to semi-professional while playing there. By September 2015 Daniel had decided up stakes and move to Australia. Living in Brisbane Daniel had stints with AC Carina and New Farm United, but sought a higher standard than what was on show at both clubs.
Luckily Daniel’s search for a higher standard was soon met. Daniel’s father had a prior business relation with DB Sports Tours Co-Founder David Berber, and thanks to David’s vast array of contacts throughout the game a trial was subsequently arranged with Holland Park Hawks, a Brisbane-based semi-professional club.
After impressing upon several pre-season and in-house matches Daniel was offered a semi-professional contract with Holland Park Hawks, wherein he will feature at centre-back for the club.
Daniel’s story is both unique but similar to so many young men looking to find their way in the beautiful game. Thanks to his continuous hard-work and a connection between his father and David Berber he has now began the next chapter of his football journey.
Everyone here at DB Sports would like to wish Daniel the very best of luck with Holland Park Hawks. Don’t forget to check out our regularly updated blog here, featuring an array of stories relating to company development, football tours and trips, as well as more player agency news.