Stead returns from United States for winter stint with the Reds

Cambridge defender Kyle Stead has returned from the United States – where he’s enjoying a college football scholarship – for a two-month spell with the Reds.

Stead, a former Cambridge junior and youth player who helped the Reds earn promotion to the Northern League in 2017, is currently based at the William Woods University in Missouri where he plays for the Owls in college league football.

He’s the sixth Cambridge player in recent seasons to head to the United States for a football-related scholarship and a chance to gain a college education while furthering a sporting career.

He’s returned to New Zealand during the American off-season.

Other Cambridge players who have gone to North America include:

Jack O’Leary who became the fifth club player to sign a scholarship with the Murray State College’s Aggies in Oklahoma.

Other Cambridge players to head to Oklahoma have been wing back Josh Clark, defender Matt Wheeler, goalkeeper Cameron Horsfall and midfielder Kyle Wisnewski.

Clark moved from the Aggies to join the William Woods University’s Owls in Missouri, while Wheeler has since signed for the Urbana University’s Blue Knights in Ohio.

Stead’s first game back for the Reds was the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup tie at Papakura City in which he scored within a minute of taking the pitch as a second-half substitute.

Photo: Stead visiting our junior grounds after his return from the United States.

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