It was good to see Brad Inman, our Australian 17 year-old midfielder come on for the last 8 minutes of the England – Scotland U19 game last night – which England won 2-1 with another goal (his 4th in last 3 games) from the impressive looking striker Nile Ranger.
Brad Inman – with father Dave and mother Lorriane in Newcastle
We thought we’d take a wee look at the Scotland U19 International and research some history about Bradden, because we know he’s highly thought of by Newcastle’s Academy Director – Richard Money.
Bradden Inman – gets Brad and is nicknamed Kaka by his team-mates because of his similarity in looks and skills to the Brazilian and Milan midfielder, was born on 10th December 1991 in Adelaide, Australia.
He now has 3 Scotland U19 caps. Why has he not played for Australia? Because because nobody has asked him, but if they want this potential star of the future they should wake up.
Inman grew up in Redwood Park, Adelaide and started playing football at the age of just 6. He is the youngest of four children with sisters Caitlyn, 19, Jessica, 21 and Leighanne, 27. His mother, Lorraine, was born in Scotland while the parents of his father, David, were born in England. Wonder if that means he could qualify to even play for England? (Rememebr when Jack Charlton was managing Ireland – if you could down 2 Irish whiskies in 5 seconds that qualified you to play).
The fact that his mother Lorraine is Scottish qualifies him to play for Scotland, and when he was capped for the first time earlier this year, the Scots were very happy indeed, when he said he’d play for the U19 side.
At the age of 14, Inman relocated to England after Newcastle scouts down under saw his immense potential during a junior tournament in Adelaide, and invited him to train with the Tyneside club for a while – but then he was quickly promoted to an Academy Scholarship after just 12 months. He initially joined Newcastle in 2005.
He made his debut for the Newcastle United Reserve side against Sheffield United last September, after only a few games for the successful U18 side, and last January he was an unused substitute in Newcastle’s clash with Manchester City at Eastlands.
Newcastle’s Academy Director, Richard Money, who used to coach the Newcastle Jets in the A-League down under, said it was Brad’s skills and hard work ethic that prompted that inclusion in the senior squad.
Richard Money said at the time:
“A number of our first-years have done the same but he’s probably shone above the rest.”
“It’s a big boost for everyone involved in the youth program when you get a 17-year-old boy on the bench.”
“It’s all a bit special.”
He is still relatively unknown apparently in Australia, obviously since they haven’t selected him for any of their youth sides (yet), his recent performances have attracted interest from the Scottish Football Association, and he made his debut or the Scotland U19s on 25th February 2009 against France.
Since then he’s been involved recently and again on 29th May 2009 against Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the Elite Round of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. And of course last night he came on as a second half substitute against auld enemy Scotland – to join 18 year old Newcastle striker Nile Ranger on the field.
While his childhood dream remains to represent Australia, he has yet to be contacted by Football Federation Australia scouts or officials – they better hurry up if they want this lad.
Because Australia have not contacted him, and also because of the long travel distances involved to play for Australia (and we’re sure a little prodding from Newcastle) Inman says his current preference is to continue playing for the Scotland youth teams.
Should Scotland select him at U21 level, it would permanently eliminate Inman from the Australian system, but it must be a competitive match – because even though one of Newcastle’s other bright lights – 22 year-old Sebastien Bassong played for the France U21 side, he will make his debut for Cameroon in the next week, and by the way that’s going to be a big loss to France in the future – just wait and see.
Just hope we can keep Bassong at Newcastle.
Inman told the Sunday Mail recently:
“It’s my dream, really.” “I started playing football when I was six, so I’ve always just really wanted to play football.”
“Sitting on the bench – it’s hard to explain because it’s that good. I wanted to come on (against Man City).”
“I was nervous but I knew that when you’re on the pitch you just focus on what to do.”
Newcastle’s academy director, Richard Money said it was Inman’s skills and hard work ethic that prompted his inclusion in the senior squad:
“I think he deserved the first-team call-up,” “He’s had a particularly good first season.”
“A number of our first-years have done the same but he’s probably shone above the rest. It’s a big boost for everyone involved in the youth program when you get a 17-year-old boy on the bench; it’s a bit special.”
Of his overall international ambitions, Inman added:
“I did think if I can come over to Newcastle then the next step is to try to play for Australia.”
“But no one’s been in contact with me or anything.” “My goals are playing for Newcastle’s first team, and either playing for Scotland or Australia, maybe in a World Cup.
“At the minute playing for Scotland, it’s a lot better.” “If you travel to Australia you’ve got to sit on a plane for 24 hours and you don’t play matches that are as good.”
“So, at the minute, it’s Scotland.”
He’s already been compared to Brazilian soccer star Kaka and was set to become the youngest Australian since Harry Kewell to break into the English Premier League – but maybe not now we’ve been relegated. 🙁
“I started playing football when I was six, so I’ve always just really wanted to play football.”
“Sitting on the bench – it’s hard to explain because it’s that good. I wanted to come on (against Man City). I was nervous but I knew that when you’re on the pitch you just focus on what to do.”
“You look at Man City and you just realise they’re world-class players and you get to be that close to them.”
“Sometimes if I train with the first team, you think that only a couple of years ago I was watching them play on the telly. That’s when you realise how lucky you can be.”
In the past three years Inman’s parents, David and Lorraine, have packed their bags and moved the family to Newcastle Upon Tyne to give the youngest of their four children his shot at fame and fortune at the famous Newcastle United club.
Newcastle last season were relegated from the Premiership – for the first time ever, and end a run of 16 consecutive years in the top league in England.
Brad Inman has justified the shift to Tyneside with a meteoric climb at Newcastle, and with Newcastle in the Championship next season, we’d be surprised if Brad didn’t make his first team debut sometime next year.
And if the great Alan Shearer is finally appointed as manager (if he isn’t there will be massive revolt of Newcastle fans – that’s for sure), the former Newcastle and England great has already said he will increase the world-wide scouting system at the club – which is already very good. We should see 4-5 new top class youngsters arriving at the club in the summer – if we only could get a new owner and manager. 😀
We are very happy to have Brad at the club, and like the rest of some of our great youngsters – the Newcastle club and Richard Money, in particular, will take good care of them.
Brad is one of several world -class teenagers in the Newcastle Academy along with Nile Ranger (18 – England), Haris Vuckic (16 – Slovenia), Samuel Adjei (17 – Sweden), Tamas Kadar (18 – Hungary), Wesley Ngo Baheng (18 – France), Kazenga LuaLua (18 – DR of Congo) and Ben Tozer (18 – England ), in addition to Brad (17, Scotland?, Australia?, England?) , who could all make breakthroughs into the first team next season.
But they will not be rushed, and they all must keep their heads down, work hard, and listen closely to what Money tells them.
While the first team squad last year were worse than hopeless at Newcastle, and little short of a disgrace to the City, Shearer will be fixing that just as soon as he gets the go ahead.
But there’s little doubt our youngsters continue to be the shining light at the club, and there are few who shine brighter than wee Scot Brad Inman – we’re sure he’ll continue do just great on Tyneside.