Emile Heskey wows the Aussies with his starring role Down Under
Football fans Down Under have gone mad for former Leicester City striker Emile Heskey – and yesterday they were able to watch his every move on the pitch.
The 34-year-old was made the subject of a Fox Sports "Heskey Cam'' for the entire 90 minutes of yesterday's match between his new team, Australian Newcastle Jets, and Sydney Victory.
Grabbing two goals to lead his team to a 2-1 victory, the former England international made sure his new fans were not disappointed.
This win has sent the Jets to the top of the A-League league in their best-ever start to the league.
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Leicester City ambassador Alan Birchenall said he was pleased to see Heskey doing so well in Australia.
"He is a fantastic bloke and no mean footballer either," he said. "He was brilliant for us at Leicester City.
"It is fabulous that he is getting among the goals again in Australia.
"It takes some bravery to start a new life in another country on the other side of the world, and every Leicester City fan will wish him all the best.
"Emile is a gentle giant and a legend at this club. It is no surprise to hear that they love him in Australia because he is such a nice guy."
Heskey, who came through the ranks at Leicester City and starred for the first team for six years, has been a huge hit in New South Wales, Australia.
He has bagged four goals in four games for the Jets this season.
When news spread that Heskey, who played 62 times for England, had signed for the Jets, the club sold out of his number nine shirt and had to order an extra 5,000 to meet the demand.
Season ticket sales were also up by 2,000 on last year.
Heskey told the Australian media he expected to be a scoring force for the Jets.
He told Fox Sports: "Everyone always says you didn't get enough goals, you didn't get enough goals.
"But I'll get my fair share of goals – plus, I will help produce a lot of goals. That is one of the main things that I do."
Newcastle Jets head coach Gary van Egmond said: "If you look at Emile's physique and then talk to him he's a humble guy.
"Our challenge will be to make sure we don't push him too hard too early, and get the best out of him."