Date: 11th June 2007 at 11:05am
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Imagine, I picked up a paper the other day and found an article with a familiar face inside… It was our Aussie international and right back Brett Emerton. Now whilst most Rovers haven’t really warmed to Brett much (well not until this season anyway), I have always had something of a liking for him as I though his work rate was good just his decision making wasn’t the best. This urged me to read the article as he is a Rover you don’t read much about.

Not only did I discover that Brett is a fit young man (in the fitness stakes before anyone thinks otherwise), he is in fact considered to be a prime example of stamina and regarded as a pure athlete back in his homeland.

In a leading Australian newspaper, experienced sports scientists and trainers name Emerton, 28, as Australia’s fittest athlete, ahead of superstars like Adam Gilchrist and swimmer Ian Thorpe. “I’ve trained him for the past seven years and he’s got something that I don’t think many footballers have,” said Socceroos head trainer Anthony Crea.

The Aussie trainer continued to explain… “He’s showed over the test of time that he just keeps backing up, not only for the Socceroos but for his club side. Just before the World Cup we did beep tests and he pulled out a 15, which at his age is phenomenal.”

Incredible I thought, the man who puts his head down and runs into a blind alley with ball 9 times out of 10 is actually some Adonis… even more so than BomBom!!!! (still available on a free transfer Sparky.)

It wasn’t just the trainer that had his say…other professionals had their say….

“I’d back it up 100 per cent that’s he the fittest athlete in the country,” Parramatta Eels physical performance co-ordinator Hayden Knowles agreed. Knowles has trained freakish athletes such as the Eels’ Nathan Hindmarsh and boxer Danny Green.

“Without a doubt, he has the best fitness levels I’ve seen,” Knowles said.

“His work rate, times the distance he covers in a game and the fact he backs
up two days later … he’s something else.”

Emerton conceded that the $2.5million four-year contract he signed last year may be his last in the English Premier League. But before he goes I reckon he’ll have completed the job and shown us why we beat Manchester United to his signature. He may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but he has been a solid and consistent performer this year and will continue to be so now he has found his place in the team.

I can think of one happy Sheffielder who is happy he is with us.


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17 Replies to “Brett Emerton, the Duracell Battery?”

  • You were right with your thought in the other article MikeyGamst, it is a good read! Man the guy is a machine, maybe we should call him T1000 (that was the re-vamped Terminator I think from T2 if I am correct?!?!) from now on and not Brett, Emo or ANYTHING else as he never gives up, much like a Terminator!!!

  • I like it, I like it alot! I have always defended Brett and was pleased to see him play well this season. He has a lot to offer this side and will be an important player over the next couple of seasons.

  • NOOOOOOOOO….. I WAS PLANNIN ON WRITING THIS ARTICLE TONIGHT!!!!….lol well done mikey gamst, ya beat me to it. It was in the Telegraph. ANd boy it was an interesting read, just seeing the blackburn jersey in our newspaper lol. The last time this happened was when we won the worthington cup in 02 i think. mikey was this in one of the english papers or are u from down under im confused

  • I find this pretty amazing.. although he is always running. Were there any stats about how far he ran or bleep test scores or something?

  • sasman – You snooze you lose dude lol! You’ll just have to write and submit something esle now 🙂

  • Get on it SASMAN!!! it be cool to get one off you! BTW slightly OT, the members league is doing kinda nice for the first 10 days of the month!! congrats all!

  • he averages 15 on the beep test. Considering he is 28 thats amazing. And also he is a defender so i guess there has been a lot of strength training

  • sasman… It was in a small bit of the Independent (classy read lol) but there was a lager bit on the web in an Austrlian paper… and HDM is right mate, you snooze you lose… lol

  • You no what, i can see somethin developing here. Mikey and HDM are teaming up against me and BomBom, comon mate lets get em lo

  • It certainly is great to see isn’t it BomBom, JUST what I want to see this site doing, lets keep it up guys. it’s coming along so nicely that we even have people fighting over the rights to write articles!!! KEEP your ideas coming in people for POLLS and ARTICLES.

  • sasman – Your revenege has started. Moi, turn on anyone?!?! I WOULD never do this (unless it was against a Spurs fan lol!)

  • Thankfully it’ll be you and/or BomBom dealing with Spurs next season (for the pre-match interviews!) good luck dude……you may well need it lol! Although you know we’ll be there to back you up.

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