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Grommen joins 2nd tier Australian club


While most players of former PFL champion Ceres-Negros FC signed up for the new club, United City, Josh Grommen opted to go back to Australia, his birthplace, to join Brisbane City FC.

The 24-year-old defender was born in n Brisbane, Australia to a Dutch father and a Filipino mother. Before he moved to the Philippines six years ago, he played for the Brisbane Roar's National Youth League team.

The signing, which was made official yesterday, is actually a reunion of sort for both Grommen and Brisbane City.

In his first five seasons as a pro, Grommen bounced around Filipino and Australian clubs ending up with Davao Aguilas for the latter part of the 2018 PFL season.

Last year, he had stops in Malaysia and Thailand, suiting up for Petaling Jaya and Sukhothai, respectively.

Grommen, who played for Ceres Negros in 2017 and the first half of 2018, returned to the club earlier this year and still got to suit up for the team in the AFC Cup.

Amid the then-ongoing talks about the sale of the Ceres Negros franchise to the group of investors led by MMC Sportz Asia and the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic further delaying the PFL season start, Grommen hinted about taking his acts to another club, and it was made formal by returning to Brisbane City.

Brisbane City plays in the National Premier Leagues (NPL), the second tier in the Australian football ladder.

Unlike the top flight A-League, the NPL is played in conferences based on the states the clubs are situated.

Brisbane City plays in the Queensland Conference.

Also, with the A-League not applying a promotion-relegation system with the NPL, Brisbane City has never tasted top flight football since getting relegated after the 1986 season of the A-League's predecessor, the National Soccer League.

Brisbane City is currently ninth in the Queensland Conference table with seven points on two wins, one draw, and two losses five matches in.*PNA


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