Nelson College footballer Thomas Amasia is making the most of his time in New Zealand in 2016. Photo: Jacob Page.

‘Boss’ of midfield makes an impression

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Nelson College First XI footballer Thomas Amasia joined Nelson College from the Solomon Islands at the start of the year, bringing only a pair of boots and shin pads with him.

The quietly spoken midfielder lets his play on the pitch do most of the talking. So much so that after a 3-1 Tasman Trophy semi-final win over FC Nelson at Guppy Park on Saturday, Tasman United coach Richard Anderson was having a chat to the Solomon Islands’ age-group representative. Thomas says adjusting to life in New Zealand was relatively enjoyable.

“I was lucky, I got a second pair of boots”.

He also admitted he fell in love with the food in the Nelson College boarding house, which was more readily available than he was used to back home.

Despite the heavy workload, Thomas says he has enjoyed playing a lot of football in a short space of time with a national tournament campaign and chasing trophies in the Nelson Bays competition.

Nelson College team manager Dave Tinker says Thomas has become a key.

“He’s the boss, he’s the one in control out there. He’s been fantastic all season.”

Nelson College footballer Thomas Amasia is making the most of his time in New Zealand in 2016. Photo: Jacob Page.Dave says if Tasman United are interested in signing him to a youth deal, then we may see more of the talented player who is scheduled to go home to see his family before Christmas.