Sydney Olympics Michael Glassock on his incredible adventure in Hong Kong.

By Sha Nen.

Sydney Olympics Michael Glassock is a player on the rise, and he has had an incredible start to life back in Australia so far after coming back from a stellar season in Hong Kong with TSW Pegasus, joining the NPL side after COVID-19 cut his time in Asia short.

One of the stars so far of this seasons FFA Cup, Glassock played a key role in his sides recent win over Manly Olympic, finding the back of the net and putting in a colossal defensive performance for Olympic, in the 2-0 win which secured Sydney Olympic a place in the FFA Cup’s round of 32.

Michael Glassock, 21, made the ambitious move to leave Australia and head to Asia, signing for Hong Kong Premier League side TSW Pegasus in July of 2019 from Central Coast Mariners, where he spent 9 years, playing all the way up through the different age groups for the club he joined when he was 10, however due to lack of first team experiences, Glassock would leave the club.

“I needed an opportunity somewhere and I think the best opportunity was for me to get good exposure in a different country and get away from the spotlight for a little bit, get consistent game time and lucky enough I was able to get an opportunity in Hong Kong.”

Glassock would settle in quickly on the pitch for Pegasus, making his professional debut against Lee Man in the Hong Kong Premier league just weeks later, and it wouldn’t be long until he would find himself becoming a regular in the starting eleven for Pegasus, but while it was a smooth transition on the pitch for Glassock in Hong Kong, life off the pitch was a whole different challenge, due to the growing political unrest in the country, eventually leading to mass protesting and riots in the Hong Kong which lead to the cancellation of Numerous games across the season.

“When I went over there, Hong Kong was experiencing political protests and government protests so when I went over there it was very different, you had to be careful where you had to go, being careful in the areas you go and not getting caught up into that.”

But despite all these hurdles off the pitch, the young Aussie defender would prove his mental strength and show his class and skill on the pitch, quickly going from strength to strength for his club, and earning praise all round and would quickly establish himself as one of the standout defenders in the league.

“Hong Kong’s got a really strong culture of hard work, and you work really hard for
for everything that you want to achieve, which I think is a really good thing for any person wanting to do something and make something of themselves.”

“To go out there and be in an environment where you’ve got to earn your money, I mean you’ve got to work hard and perform well each and every day, because if you don’t, then they can just go and get the next cab off the rank and
someone else, so it was a good learning experience.”

Unfortunately for Glassock, it was not just political unrest that was gripping Hong Kong, it was also the COVID 19 pandemic, and due to this, he would make the decision to return home to Australia after agreeing to mutually terminate his contract with TSW Pegasus on 8 April 2020, after featuring for the club 20 times across all competitions.

He is now back in Australia, after signing for NSW NPL side Sydney Olympic in December 2020, and impressed for the side before the season was halted due to COVID outbreaks across the state of New South Wales.

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