When James Jeggo moved from Austria to Australia as a child, his family immediately found a home with Green Gully Soccer Club.
The Victorian club was where Jeggo and his brother played their first football on Australian soil, creating some treasured memories in the process.
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Jimmy's brother Luc has now gone full circle, returning from Austria to represent Gully in the 2021 National Premier Leagues Victoria competition.
“Literally two or three weeks ago I was having a discussion with my brother because he was moving back to Australia," Jeggo told The Socceroos Podcast.
"We both said how good it would be to go back to Gully where you've got all those memories and experiences as a kid, to go and experience that now."
While he is currently at the peak of his powers, playing week in week out for Greek side Aris FC as they chase Champions League football, Jeggo shared why he would certainly consider a similar homecoming one day.
"I've always said that being in a team and everything that comes with it is such a special thing," he said.
It’s something that I love and I want to keep that for as long as possible - that doesn't change doesn't matter what level you're playing at. Even playing at the regional clubs in Australia, you still get all that camaraderie and that banter, going into battle with a team.
“Hopefully they'll still have me when I’m a little bit older because it's definitely something that I would love to do.”
Jeggo recalls how football was high on the priority list when the family first located down under. He speaks powerfully about the role grassroots football played in creating an initial sense of community.
“At that age my brother and I were both already absolutely football mad, and I remember the first thing my mum said was ‘Right, we need to find you guys somewhere to play.’
I absolutely loved it there, and played with a lot of guys that I ended up playing with a little bit later, like Jamie Maclaren and Theo Markelis.
“Not just myself but also my parents and my brother, we made a lot of friends through that through the football club that we're still friends with now and I have vivid memories of my time there.
“Especially when you're moving countries as a kid or even for my parents, going into a little community at grassroots level, there are so friendly people and it just helps you settle in and feel at home.”