Tim Cahill, Troy Deeney and Sweden - Kristian Brymora's incredible football journey

The young Australian centre forward has had quite the experience since taking the plunge and moving to Europe

Kristian Brymora is still a teenager yet his footballing adventure since leaving Australia is quite extraordinary.

A little over 12 months ago, the 19-year-old striker was wrapping up his debut A-League campaign with Newcastle Jets - making one appearance in a 2-1 victory against Perth.

Since then, the Bankstown-born product has trialled at a Premier League club, eaten breakfast with Troy Deeney, scored a goal assisted by Tim Cahill and has been regularly hitting the back of the net in Sweden.

Brymora is currently plying his trade for Swedish second division club Hassleholms IF - and with eight goals in 13 matches, his career is certainly heading in the right direction.

With a large percentage of foreign A-League signings coming in attacking positions, he explains the likely lack of opportunities was a strong factor in his decision to move overseas.

"There is a lot of imports in front three at A-League clubs - but that's football, people come in and you've got to fight for your position," Brymora told Goal.

"I was at the age when I had just come out of school, just done a year at an A-League club and I have a Polish background - which means I can a passport to get over to Europe.

"It was one of those decisions that I spent a long time weighing up and I looked at the pros and cons. At the end of the day I thought 'what do I have to lose?'."

The talented attacker arrived in the UK prior to the start of the 2017-18 season and quickly secured a trial with Premier League side Watford - who were being coached by current Everton manager Marco Silva at the time.

Despite the trial being extended from one week to two weeks, it didn't work out - but Brymora took the experience in his stride, even if he was slightly overwhelmed by the stars surrounding him.

"It's something boys always dream of - being at a Premier League club. For me, I had nothing to lose. I'd come all this way and it was pretty much just go for it," Brymora said.

"I was a bit starstruck when I was [there].  I met all these players I had watched on TV - like Troy Deeney and Jose Holebas - and suddenly you're sitting down having breakfast with them."

Not letting the Watford rejection deter him, Brymora managed to secure a contract with Championship club Millwall in September - and joined fellow Australian James Meredith initially before Tim Cahill linked up with the club in January.

Brymora recounts the experience of playing alongside Cahill as surreal, with the Socceroos legend even setting up a goal for him in a Millwall Development League match.

"When I was younger, I used to watch [Cahill] - he was somebody who had starred at World Cups and Asian Cups," he said.

"I would never thought I would get to play alongside him let alone set a goal up for me.

"It didn't feel like reality when I first met him but after that it was kind of like day-to-day normality.

"He is a really good guy and just learning off him, especially the one-percent things that can really help you, and that's what I really benefited from."

After being released by Millwall alongside Cahill at the end of the season, Brymora knew it was time to find regular senior football and start testing himself against experienced players every week.

Senior football opportunities are difficult to find overseas for young players - as evidence by the number of Aussies abroad currently struggling for first team football - and when Brymora was ready to come back to Australia, a chance to get on the park in Sweden suddenly popped up.

"I was searching for clubs across England and [Hasslehoms IF] became an option because the club's social media marketing manager is Ben Rehmie - who is from Cronulla," Brymora said.

"I thought to myself it's an opportunity to play senior football - which is quite important. I'm at the age right now where I need to start make a statement and start to stand out.

"I was supposed to fly home in a week's time and I've learned from living out of home for the past 18 months - one minute you could be in England, and the next you are in Sweden.

"You never know where you are going to be or what you are going to do."

Now settled in Hassleholm, a small southern Swedish city, Brymora wants to stay another season with the club's league campaign ending in October - at the same time his contract expires.

With his impressive goal scoring record in Sweden, it is likely teams in higher divisions will be interested in Brymora's services, and while he is keen to progress his career, right now it's all about getting on the park and continuing to learn.

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"Everyone has that goal of getting further and for me right now it's about getting games in and contributing to a team," Brymora said.

"It's funny listening and learning to how the transfer windows works and how things are so linked in. You don't have to talk to anyone but people are talking about you. 

"I will just let things happen on their own and keep working hard."