Gloucester City man Matt Lock moves Down Under
VERSATILE midfielder Matt Lock has swapped Gloucestershire for Western Australia after penning a short-term deal with the Bunbury Forum Force.
The right-sided defender or midfielder joined the Tigers from Chelmsford City last term and made 39 appearances in his first season with the club.
His move to Australia sees the fully-qualified teacher out of action for at least the first three months of the English season.
But with the Force's Western Australia State League campaign ending in October and Lock poised to return home, Tigers boss Dave Mehew said he could return to the club.
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"We had a request for international clearance come through for Matt a few weeks ago and we approved it," Mehew said.
"Then yesterday morning he called me to say that he was going to go over and play and probably do some travelling at the same time.
"He is over there until October and he will be welcome back here if circumstances suit on his return, we will just have to see what happens."
Newly-promoted to the State Premier League, Bunbury Forum Force are currently 11th in the 12 team State League Premier Division ladder.
In making the move, Lock who came through the ranks at Team Bath before moving to Chelmsford will be swapping Blue Square Bet North trips to Guisley and Corby, for journeys to Joondalup and Balcatta.
He is also the second former Gloucester City player and third Gloucestershire-based footballer to have made the move Down Under.
Two-years ago former City defender Marc Richards made the switch to New South Wales Premier Division outfit Manly United, where he is currently captain.
Richards was following in the footsteps of his great friend and former Hartpury College team-mate Matt Smith, who has been something of a revelation since making the move in 2008.
Smith is now captain of the reigning two-time Hyundai A-League champions Brisbane Roar and, after earning Australian citizenship is on the fringe of the Australian international squad.