Nelson Suburbs defender Daniel Allan, left, wins an aerial battle during Suburbs' 4-0 Mainland Premier League victory over Universities on Sunday at Saxton Field. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport

Daniel Allan keen to grab Tasman United opportunity

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Suburbs defender and Tasman United signee Daniel Allan was at home in the mud at Saxton Field on Sunday, and he says he’ll be just as comfortable at the back for Tasman United come November.

“After 10 minutes I was pretty tired out there, but for me it was like a playground, I love sliding around in the mud,” Daniel says after Suburbs’4-0 win over Universities on Sunday.

Daniel will play top level senior football for the first time when the Tasman team debuts in the National League in November, having played for the Nelson-Marlborough Falcons before.He says he’s excited by the amount of local talent that will be involved.

“It’s good to see a few local boys coming back into the squad; it should help us when it gets underway.

“For me, it will be interesting to see how big the step is. I’m looking forward to the next level of football.”

Daniel says he would like to target a Phoenix contract at some point and believed this was a good step towards trying to achieve that.

He says playing alongside experienced players like Mark Johnston and the newly-recruited former Canterbury United defender Jordan Swaney, was an exciting prospect. Swaney, a former Waimea College product has been lured home from Australia at the age of 25 after a stint in Melbourne following past league experience.