Howieson itching for Navy Blues debut

Words: ACFC Media

Monday 30 January 2017

Picture: Phototek

HONG KONG - Recent Navy Blues recruit Cameron Howieson is itching to finally taste competitive action in the Nike Lunar New Year Cup final on Tuesday night.

Howieson, a nine cap All White, arrived at Kiwitea Street in the midseason transfer window from defending New Zealand champions Team Wellington but a stand down period means he’s been cooling his heels since beginning training on January 3.

But with the stand down not applying to the Nike Lunar New Year Cup, Howieson could finally get his eagerly anticipated Auckland City FC debut. 

“It’s been a frustrating period, not playing and just training,” admits Howieson.

“It was a really good result from the lads on Saturday, fully deserved and hopefully come the final I can finally pull that shirt on and make my debut”

“I’ve been itching to play for a few weeks now and obviously when this tournament came up I wanted to get on the plane straight away.”

Howieson, 21, is likely to see some action against Kitchee SC in the Nike Lunar New Year Cup final with Tribulietx needing to make at least two changes from Saturday’s win over FC Seoul but also wanting to involve as many of the younger squad members as he can while still chasing a result.

A former professional with Burnley in England and St. Mirren in Scotland, Howieson is a key addition to the squad especially with Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi out for the remainder of the season through injury.

While the reasons for the move were a mix of personal and professional, the chance to join the Oceania champions and push himself was a strong factor.

“Part of the reason was moving up with my partner for work but also Auckland City is a top club in New Zealand. To improve as a player, as I’m still young and still learning, I thought Auckland City would be the place to come to take the next step and put myself back on the map.”

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