Born and bred in Scotland, Liam Baxter is a man on a goal-scoring mission.
After spending several years playing across Scotland’s premier and lower leagues, Baxter decided a new adventure was needed, signing with the Goulburn Valley Suns.
Although he did not expect four different planes to guide him to his next destination.
‘‘Four planes I was on, it was a long flight but worth it in the end to get here,’’ Baxter said.
Excited but nervous at the same time, Baxter was not sure what to expect.
‘‘I am a wee bit nervous to be honest, it is a long way home but I am excited to be here and I am going to try and do my best for the Suns,’’ Baxter said.
Before signing for the Suns, Baxter had the opportunity to play at McEwen Reserve a few years ago.
‘‘I know some of the guys who played for Shepparton South, Scotty Graham, he put me onto Nick Kalafatis,’’ Baxter said.
‘‘There was word of it before that I would come on down but I never did. The timing was not right for me then.’’
Baxter began his career with Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, before moving away at the tender age of 17 for regular football.
The 24-year-old then signed for Brora Rangers in the Scottish Highland Football League before stints at Buckie Thistle, Forres Mechanics and now the GV Suns.
The ambitious striker was not short of confidence following his impressive goal-scoring tally back home.
‘‘I will like to hit 20 goals, at least. That is what I’ll be pushing for this season,’’ Baxter said.
Baxter has scored 56 goals in his last three seasons in the Highland League and believed his most recent spell at Forres was his best yet.
‘‘It was a really good season for me. I scored 18 goals but missed about 10 games through injury, so I am coming here off the back of some good form,’’ Baxter said.
Ahead of season, Baxter could not contain his excitement at starting a new chapter in his life.
‘‘I’m looking forward to challenging myself and stepping out of my comfort zone to see what I am capable of,’’ Baxter said.
Predominantly right footed, the striker has high ambitions, and believed that his ability to play off the last man and get in behind might reward the Suns this season.
‘‘ I’d like to play at the highest level possible,’’ Baxter said.
‘‘I want to try my best and bring some success to the club and I believe I can do that.’’