Lions Add World Cup Scorer Smeltz To Squad

We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Shane Smeltz.

Guiseley AFC have signed a striker who will forever be remembered for scoring a goal against then World champions Italy in the 2010 World Cup writes Rachel O’Connor.

Shane Smeltz has joined the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division side after moving to Leeds from the Southern Hemisphere for family and work reasons.

The now 41 year-old was born in Germany, raised on Australia’s Gold Coast and gained international recognition playing for New Zealand, who he represented 58 times scoring 24 goals.

He is to resurrect his playing career, a career he thought was over after 18 years as a professional footballer.

A career which saw him star in that 2010 World Cup game in South Africa which saw New Zealand draw 1-1 with Italy.

On his signing for Guiseley Smeltz said: “I have recently come to Leeds with my family and settled here for family and work reasons. I let a few people know that I may want to play and I ended up talking with the Guiseley manager Paul Phillips.

“One thing led to another and I looked into it and the club appealed to me.”

He added: “Obviously I am joining to play my part on the pitch and however the manager and the staff see fit.”

Although Smeltz was at one time looking to move into coaching that is not now the case.

He explained: “I have completed my A coaching licence but I don’t wish to be coaching in any capacity. I am simply happy to be another bit of experience that players and staff can bounce off.”

The vastly experienced player has a full time role in player management, looking after a number of top talents from Australia.

Of his link up with Phillips Smeltz said: “My connection with the manager is obviously new but instantly I can see he’s an experienced and intelligent guy who is driven to succeed at what he does.

“When you have played the game as long as I have you have to have that same mindset so I’m looking forward to getting around the club.”

Smeltz had many moments in football in his 18 years as a pro in a number of countries.

He retired from professional football a few months ago with his last club being his home town side Gold Coast United in Australia.

Of his career he said: “I get asked all the time about what was my highlight and I guess you can’t go past playing in the World Cup and scoring against the current world champions Italy at the time. Those moments are hard to beat!”

Of his early years Smeltz said: “The Gold Coast is my home, I grew up in Australia from the age of six so I always lean towards the Gold Coast. However, New Zealand obviously holds a big bond with me as I played for the national team since I was 19.”

The talents who impressed a young Smeltz were the original Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona.

His favourite team?

“Arsenal was always my team, I enjoyed watching them as I grew up and I enjoyed the moment I swapped shirts with Thierry Henry when I played against him for New Zealand against France.”

Smeltz started out as a midfielder when he was younger but got to an age where he was scoring regularly so always played as a striker after that.

Major influences on his career have been his father, his family as they have always helped drive him to achieve and each coach he has always taken the best from.

Of his new venture at Guiseley he said: “I think I’ll bring my experience and an ability to help players around me. I watched the team live last week and the commitment was great to see. I think sometimes younger players seeing myself still playing and being competitive gives them a good perspective as well.”

A two-time A-League golden boot winner Smeltz played for Borneo FC in Indonesia and the old-fashioned predatory No 9 also played for clubs in Australia, England, Turkey and Malaysia.

He is second on the A-League’s record goal scorers list with 92 goals. He was the competition’s top scorer in 2008-09 for Wellington and 2009-10 for Gold Coast United. He also played for Perth Glory (28 goals in 58 appearance) and Sydney FC (12 goals in 43 games) in the A-League.

Shane’s Home, Away and Training Kits are all available to sponsor

Next Up:

7:45 pm
Pre-Season Friendly

Liversedge vs Guiseley