Goalkeeper Jason Kearton first started playing football with Coalstars in Ipswich and then moved to Brisbane Lions which included one season in the NSL. While at Lions, he had the opportunity to move to Everton. In August 1988, the 19-year-old headed back to the Motherland.
Kearton enjoyed a successful stint at Stoke City while on loan from Everton during the 1991-92 season. He made sixteen consecutive appearances, keeping six clean sheets before eventually returning to Everton as cover for Neville Southall.
After failing to make the grade during eight years at Everton as a little-used understudy to the great Neville Southall, Kearton was eventually released on a free transfer and signed for Crewe Alexandra in October 1996. Kearton went to make 218 appearances for the Railwaymen over the next five years before finally returning to his native Australia in August 2001, with his Australian wife Stacey and two children, Jake and Chloe, both of whom were born in the UK.
The 186 cm goalkeeper, who was born in Raceview near Ipswich in 1969, turned his back on offers from Auckland Kingz and Perth Glory to sign with the Brisbane Strikers.
"I've decided that I'm going to start watching the Strikers. 4 hour journey and its not the blues, but what the hell, I miss professional footie in the live."
EL Group Draw: 29 Aug