REDS STAR REMEMBERS ULTIMATE SACRIFICES
BEN Halloran developed a new appreciation for the Australian way of life during five years playing overseas.
Today, the winger will pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country’s freedom as part of Adelaide United’s Remembrance Day commemorations.
“When you go abroad you have a bit more perspective,” said Halloran, who was based in Germany and Japan from 2013-18.
“You come back with fresh eyes and you look at things a little differently.
“The mateship and camaraderie that exists within Australian sport is actually something that is quite unique.
“You don’t get that everywhere, so it’s definitely refreshing coming back here knowing this is your home country.
“It’s important to acknowledge and remember the men and women that served our country so we can enjoy the amazing way of life and the liberties that we have today.”
The Reds host fellow unbeaten side Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium during the A-League’s Remembrance Round. A military service will be observed before kick-off and both teams will wear themed kits to be auctioned post-match to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
United legends, including ex-captain Travis Dodd and Argentine playmaker Marcelo Carrusca, will also take on the Australian Defence Force in a charity match to support Soldier On from 1.35pm.
Halloran, who joined Adelaide from J-League side VVaren Nagasaki in August, said his teammates drew inspiration from servicemen and women, past and present.
“I think it’s a great thing that we can take the time to remember those that have sacrificed so much for our country,” the six-cap Socceroo said.
“It’s only a couple of generations ago that boys, much younger than me, were going off to fight in a war. It’s something that’s pretty hard to fathom in this day and age.
“It’s all the more reason to be grateful for what they did for our country.”
Halloran has impressed since returning to Australia, helping Adelaide claim the FFA Cup despite playing mainly as a striker due to a string of injuries to United’s front men.
The Queenslander returned to his more familiar wide berth in Sunday’s 3-0 triumph over Central Coast Mariners thanks to the goal-scoring return of teenage hitman Apostolos Stamatelopoulos.
APPRECIATION: Ben Halloran will be part of Adelaide United’s Remembrance Day commemorations at Hindmarsh Stadium today.