Magnificent Macallister to sign off for Manly United
Dylan Macallister has a playing CV which is the envy of many across the football world.
He burst on to the scene as a teenager with Sydney Olympic FC in the now defunct National Soccer League in 1999, before linking up with Northern Spirit three years later.
The towering striker then elected to try his luck abroad, enjoying successful stints in Norway with SK Brann, Lyn and Sparta Sarpsborg from 2004-2007.
With the A-League rising in stature, Macallister returned home, leaving big impressions following his time at Central Coast and Wellington.
Next was a move to Breioablik in Iceland, before a second stint down under with Gold Coast United and Melbourne Heart.
His final professional journey overseas was in Hong Kong with Eastern Sports Club, sandwiched in between two stints with Rockdale City.
Finally, in 2016, the local junior returned ‘home’ to Manly United.
Success inevitably followed.
Macallister was a key figure as the playing squad punched above their weight most weeks, winning the grand final as underdogs against APIA Leichhardt on penalties last September.
Again he has been one of Manly’s better players in 2018, but the moment has arrived to call it a day.
“It is the right time to hang up my boots, sometimes you just know,” the 36-year-old said.
“Winning the premiership last year is right up there in terms of my proudest achievements as a footballer, including my call up for the Socceroos in 2009.
“Playing against Brazil in the under-17 World Cup final back in the day is also a memory I treasure.
“I’m excited for the next step.”
That could be coaching.
“I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
“I’ve got a few coaching badges and I’m happy to give something back, Manly United is where it all started for me as a ten-year-old.”
Come full-time on Sunday afternoon when United host Bonnyrigg, Macallister could be excused for shedding a few tears.
His family and friends will be in the grandstand, wishing and hoping to see one or two goals to add to the occasion.
“The game has been very good to me, I’m happy with what I’ve achieved,” he said.
“Golf and surfing are on the agenda as well as more quality time with the family.”