What a season it has been for Curtis Bateson so far. Ever since Soccer Smart helped the former North Ferriby forward play soccer in Australia, he hasn’t stopped scoring. The 23-year-old is leading the promotion charge for Corio SC as they look to earn promotion in the Victoria State Leagues.
The forward started his career with Scunthorpe United, signing his first professional deal in 2014. Signing his first pro deal came off the back of a loan spell with Gainsborough Trinity in the National League North for whom he scored his first senior goal in a 3-1 win over Hednesford Town in March 2014.
After returning back from loan, Bateson twice made the bench for the first team for Scunthorpe before he rejoined Gainsborough on loan for a second time. He was a regular for the Trinity, scoring three times in the first half of the season before joining divisional rivals North Ferriby United on a permanent deal in January 2015.
After a half a season spent finding his feet at his new club, where he was part of the side who won the FA Trophy, Bateson exploded into life in the 2015/16 season, scoring 13 goals in the league to fire North Ferriby to promotion to the National League via the playoffs.
For the next season-and-a-half, the forward remained with North Ferriby before returning to Gainsborough towards the backend of 2017. Last season he was a regular with Alfreton Town up until February when he decided to enlist the help of Soccer Smart to help him play soccer in Australia. Another way of getting scouted to play in Australia is to sign up to one of our UK football trials.
We have a proven track record of helping players play football abroad and we helped Curtis secure a move to Victoria State League 2 North-West club Corio SC. That was back in March and ever since then, the former Scunthorpe United man has been making headlines down under.
His arrival at the club saw him make the backpages of the regional press around the Geelong area where Corio are based but that was before he had even stepped foot on the pitch. The headlines would keep on coming as he made an instant impact down under.
Corio got off to a flying in the league winning their first game 2-0 thanks to a goal and an assist from Bateson. They went on to win their next game 4-1 with the English forward again the star man as he bagged a brace and provided another assist. The league has many players who play soccer abroad in it but that did not stop Bateson tearing defences apart.
It was just two games into the season by the 23-year-old was flying as he continued to impress playing soccer in Australia.
Last month, the forward was involved in an extraordinary game as Corio defeated Fitzroy City 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller with Bateson bagging a hat-trick, his second treble of the month.
Later on in June, he was making headlines again as the local press reported that the former North Ferriby man had scored a remarkable 15 goals in just 13 matches and was attracting interest from clubs higher up the Australian soccer leagues.
Now as it stands, Corio are second in the league, two points off league leaders Hopping Crossing. With eight games to play, the promotion race is set to go down to the wire but with Bateson leading the line, Corio have a great chance of winning the league, especially with Hopping Crossing still left to play next month in what is set to be a huge game.
Life has been very rosy for Bateson down under so far and he is just yet another Soccer Smart success story.