A closer look at our recent arrival and his incredible journey to Aggborough…
By Matty Paddock - 26/10/2019
Posted 7 months ago
WITH so much time spent without matches recently, you may have missed the arrival of towering striker Brandon Diau at the club last month.
The 27-year-old penned terms with Harriers just prior to our trip to Spennymoor Town at the end of September.
The fact that most Reds fans have yet to see him kick a ball perfectly sums up the madness of the club’s recent schedule – but it is also perfectly in keeping with the German-born forward’s journey to Aggborough.
He proved to be a real handful at the Brewery Field, playing the lion’s share of the 90 minutes before being withdrawn due to a head injury.
That was soon diagnosed as concussion, leaving Brandon briefly in hospital, and ruled out of any further action for a couple of weeks as he recovered.
The recent schedule of re-arrangements and postponements have compounded to prolong his wait even more, but the player himself isn’t too worried about that.
This player’s journey, you see, is quite unlike any other. From playing football as a youth for one of Germany’s biggest names, to journeying to England to toil in some of non-league’s lower levels, Brandon has shown remarkable determination.
His dream, as he told us, was to earn a contract as a professional footballer. He earned his chance weeks in advance of the Spennymoor game, and impressed boss John Pemberton in training before being handed non-contract terms to feature in the 2-1 defeat.
He’s remained with the group ever since, approaching every training session – and an U23s friendly, in which he scored twice – with what is now recognisable as his trademark passion and determination.
The result – the realisation of a dream, and Diau’s signing of a professional contract late this week, which keeps him at Aggborough until the end of the season, as the latest piece in the jigsaw for the club’s new owners who are busily working to add to the squad at Aggborough.
“…to get a pro deal is just the best feeling ever.” Brandon Diau
He spoke exclusively to our YouTube channel, his delight more than evident.
He said: “It is literally a dream come true because, where I come from and what I’ve been through, to get a pro deal is just the best feeling ever.
“I’ve played for quite a few clubs in England and have always been aiming for the highest.
“Now, with Kidderminster Harriers, I am at a good level where I can prove to myself that I can play higher… obviously I am very thankful and grateful [that they] have given me the opportunity to do that.”
While Diau is far from at the end of his career, his age of 27 years puts him some way out of the bracket of ‘young’ – even if the hunger very much remains.
That only serves to highlight the sheer determination and strength of character of the individual, whose quest for a career in football has taken him to what he describes as a “dangerous” spell playing in Israel, before plugging away at the likes of Truro, Great Wakering Rovers and Billericay on these shores.
Many thousands of would-be footballers would have thrown in the towel at various points during this kind of journey, but the amiable 6ft 6 forward has been relentless in his pursuit of his goals.
“I’ve had to impress a lot of people!” he adds.
“A lot of people said I should do something else and that I was too tall to play football; being 6ft 6 has its advantages but also a lot of disadvantages.
“The only thing that kept me going was my inner strength… my mum would always say, ‘when you learn something, just keep doing it.”
As mentioned, Diau is far from a ‘new’ face at Aggborough, even if he has only been able to feature in just a single match since his arrival in Worcestershire more than six weeks ago.
He beamed about the fantastic Harriers welcome he’s received from his team mates and the management staff, which he says has helped him settle swiftly.
“It has been great,” he adds. “From the first day, I’ve been so welcomed by the lads and the manager.
“…I want to give 100,000% and run my shirt off for this club…”
“He talks to me a lot and explains the sort of role I need to play… I’ve never had that in another club, to feel so welcome.
“That’s why I want to do well.”
So with one big box ticked and a massive career aim achieved, what is next for this major handful of a striker?
He’s expected to shake off a calf injury in time to be fit for the team’s trip to Darlington this coming Wednesday night, and is eager to continue making an impression.
What he wants most of all, he says, is an Aggborough debut – and that all-important first goal in a Harriers shirt.
He insisted: “I want to give 100,000% and run my shirt off for this club.
“I’m especially looking forward to playing in Aggborough at this amazing stadium.
“In front of these home fans, 1,000-plus people, this is unbelievable!
“I can’t wait to score my first goal… only God knows, but I will keep working hard for it.”
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