Australian Footballer Ditches Olympic Dream For Hip-Hop Career

Australian Footballer Ditches Olympic Dream For Hip-Hop Career

“We allowed Joey to head to the United States to pursue a dream in music at the start of last month,” Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said in a statement this week.

“He’s made inroads in the business and the opportunity to remain in LA to chase those dreams is one that’s too big for him to pass up.”

The club has agreed that should be return to football in the next three years, he will do so with the Jets.

Champness, who goes under the stage name JOWIC, signed a distribution deal with music industry label Creative Music Group in late July.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t convinced that there’s something out there,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s not a normal situation, that’s for sure. 

“I’ve got a lot of love for the Newcastle Jets and a lot of respect for everyone on that team — I’m contracted there for the next three years, so it’s an honour to be given that sort of opportunity and trust from the club in that sense as well.”

Regarded as one of Australia’s most promising young players, Champness was part of the Olyroos under-23 team who are due to play a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics early next year.

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