'No regrets' for Olyroos star who chose hip-hop over Tokyo 2020
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When the Olyroos beat Uzbekistan last month to seal a spot at Tokyo 2020, Joe Champness was in a Los Angeles recording studio, keeping tabs on the game on his iPad, fully content with the choices he's made.
Champness hit pause on his A-League career with the Newcastle Jets this season to focus on his burgeoning hip-hop career. The 22-year-old winger - aka JOWIC - was also part of Graham Arnold's Australian under-23s team, and knew he'd be giving up an Olympics appearance if they were to seal qualification .
Joe Champness insists he has no regrets about putting his football career on hold to pursue music, despite Australia's qualification for the Toyko 202 Olympics. Credit: Instagram
At the time, not many expected it would actually happen.
With Arnold also considering bringing some of his Olyroos to the Copa America , Champness may have actually given up two once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But the way he sees it, he's living a different one right now. Advertisement
"I was really happy for them and I'm wishing them a really good lead-up and preparation to the Olympics. I knew this was a possibility and definitely no regrets," Champness told this column.
"When I made the decision to come over here, I didn't know anyone. It was based off intuition and a real gut feeling that I just couldn't ignore.
"Now I find myself right under the Hollywood sign in this massive home studio that has turned out some big records, and doing business, surrounded by these great people who've done it and believe that I can do it."
Champness has just released his latest track, 'My Plan', which touches on the fork in the road he confronted six months ago. A collaboration with the same executive producers who have previously worked with artists such as Ariana Grande, Chris Brown and Meek Mill, he's hopeful it will be his breakout record.
"It's definitely influenced by my situation ... being hungry enough to push through any trial," he said.
"LA a beautiful place, but the music industry is cutthroat, just like the sports industry, and that's probably why I love it as well.
"I'm really excited for people to hear what I've been up to in this record and judge for themselves whether it's good enough."
Joe Champness is still contractually tied to the Newcastle Jets, but may not return if his hip-hop career takes off. Credit: AAP
Champness remains contractually tied to the Jets, but hasn't yet spoken with new coach Carl Robinson. He continues to train daily, although he revealed he turned down an offer to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy to ensure his focus was 100 per cent on his music.
Whether we see him back in the A-League could depend on how well his latest release is received. Mariners thrown a lifesaver
Central Coast Mariners are on track to be branded with their fourth wooden spoon in six years after slumping to bottom of the table after their 2-0 loss to Adelaide last week, putting them at a legal risk of having their licence revoked on the grounds of poor performances.
Alen Stajcic's Central Coast Mariners have slumped to the bottom of the A-League table, but their long-term future is secure. Credit: Getty Images
Minimum performance measures in A-League participation agreements with FFA suggest a club can be "relegated" for finishing bottom of the table three years in a row, or four times out of six seasons.
But A-League boss Greg O'Rourke told The Hairdryer the competition's new management won't be looking to invoke its power to remove the Mariners should they finish last again.
"We have no intention to use ladder position to determine the licence," he said. "What we are committed to do is work with clubs on the bottom of the ladder to take new initiatives to improve their competitiveness."
Former FFA chief David Gallop was not as lenient towards repeated poor performance. When News Corp revealed the clauses last year, Gallop said: "The proper management of any league requires KPIs that assist the continued good performance of the constituent clubs and contribute to the strength of the league as a whole." Wanderers lend a hand
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They'll get a tour of Bankwest Stadium on Friday night before the Wanderers' clash with Adelaide United, play some small-sided games on the field at half-time, and will also be trained by the club's academy coaches for a session on Saturday morning at their Blacktown headquarters.
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