Star looking forward to visit

AUSTRALIAN World Cup star Craig Moore said he is looking forward to visiting Gladstone for Central Football Club's Socceroos Sports Stars dinner and auction on Thursday night at the Grand Hotel.

“It's an opportunity to give back a little and whether it's people having a beer or asking a few questions, you're putting yourself out there to the people that maybe want to know how things have been throughout your career and just have genuine, honest questions,” Moore said.

Australian football legends Paul Wade and Alex Tobin, along with rugby union's Chris “Buddha” Handy, will join Moore as guest speakers at the function, which will be preceded by some afternoon junior training activities.

“I'm extremely looking forward to heading up there; when I was younger I played some representative stuff up there in Mackay and Bundaberg and I'd just like see what else is out there.”

Moore, who runs a franchise (Viva Soccer) that sets coaches up with schools and junior football development, said he places great importance on fostering grass roots football at all levels.

“There is a lot of talent outside the bigger cities and that's the part that interests me, to go out and see exactly where Gladstone is at,” he said

“If us popping out to these places can inspire and give young kids that little lift to go on and try and push themselves that little bit harder, and to see that there is a lot that can be achieved in the game if you work hard, then that's fantastic.”

In the wake of his recent retirement Moore is uncertain about his future, but the former Brisbane Roar man said he envisions a career within the sport that gave him so much.

“At the moment I'm just trying to keep myself involved as much as I can; I haven't really decided what particular path I'll take but I certainly will look at coaching badges in the very near future,” he said.

The 34-year-old veteran defender didn't rule out future ties with Scottish club Glasgow Rangers, where he played nearly 12 years of football.

“I spoke with Rangers when they were out recently and I basically just said that I can certainly be their eyes and ears out here in Australia if they're ever looking at this market, so I have very strong connections there and who knows what could happen in the future,” Moore said.

Tickets to the Socceroos Sports Stars function can be purchased from the Beerless Bar or the Grand Hotel.

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