Eagles newcomer’s rich soccer pedigree

Rhys Creed has now found a balance between his social fishing platform and football with the Tumut Eagles.

Rhys Creed is better known locally for his exploits with the fishing rod, rather then having a football at his feet.

The young entrepreneur has kicked-off a very popular fishing series, called Social Fishing, which has been recognised for its range of tutorial videos.

Feedspot even rated Social Fishing as the number freshwater fishing blog in the world.

“I just wanted to build a decent educational platform for fresh water fishing,” he said.

“There were always these shows on TV showing you what they caught but not showing you how they caught it and what they used.”

Creed’s passion for fishing and helping others coincided with the premature end to his footballing career with Henwood Park FC.

“I always loved football but fishing became my passion and my time was spent developing our social fishing platform.”

“It took me nearly two and a half years to get the tutorial videos completed with the help of my friends.”

Creed grew up playing football for Henwood Park FC.

“I started playing when I was four and dad had me in the under 6s for three seasons,” laughed Creed.

The talented striker graduated through the ranks and spent three years playing first grade for Henwood Park FC before taking some time away from the game.

“I just couldn’t do both and football just took a back seat,” he said.

“With all of the travelling for fishing and managing work, something had to give.”

The fishing-fanatic has since married long-time girlfriend Megan Taylor (now Megan Creed), who is better known as being Kerry Weir’s jockey.

“We got married in November and we have a place just out of town so Megan could be close to work,” he said.

Having the fisherman and footballer settle down in Tumut could be a godsend for the Tumut Eagles.

Creed has linked up with the Eagles for 2019 after taking four-full seasons away from the game.

The striker didn’t take long to make his presence felt, scoring in the Eagles’ 2-0 win over Tolland on Sunday at Rawlings Park.

Creed has one of the richest pedigrees of any footballer in the Wagga Wagga competition.

Jim Creed Snr (top right) in the 1959 Henwood Park FC team.

His grandfather, the late Jim Creed Snr, was an inaugural member for Henwood Park FC in 1958 after was involved with Turvey Park prior to that.

Creed Snr was also involved in the early years of the Tolland Wolves development and was recognised for his contribution to Football Wagga Wagga, being named a life member.

Rhys’ father Jim Creed Jnr was also an exceptional footballer in Wagga throughout his junior career and in the early to mid 80s before moving to Melbourne to play.

He played in Ashmont’s premiership winning side and spent some time with Henwood Park FC before his move to Melbourne. 

The Creed name is so synonymous with football in Wagga Wagga that the Blake Cup was originally named the Creed Cup, in honour of Jim Creed Snr.

The Creed Cup is still played for in a yearly competition by competing schoolboy football teams in the Wagga Wagga region.

Henwood Park FC president Ryan Smith was delighted to see Creed back playing football.

“Rhys is a great little player and the Creed name is a huge part of our club,” he said.

“It is great to see him back playing but it would have been nicer to see him playing in the red, white and blue,” laughed Smith.

Creed’s registration with the Eagles was motivated by health and fitness.

“I just wanted to get into soccer again so I could get fit,” he said.

“You don’t forget how to play or how to read the game but my body just needs to catch up.”

 The topic of fitness transitioned into the Eagles game play and chances for this season.

“Fitness is an issue at the minute, we’ve got plenty of skill and if we get that fitness up and get better at slotting goals we should be good,” he said.

Creed has big expectations for the Eagles side in 2019.

“I think we will go well this season and will push the big sides,” he said.

“We have a great defence and a strong midfield and Mitchell (Henman) and Dylan (Piper-Bye) are great players.”

Creed will miss their next match against Cootamundra but the striker will be back on board as the Eagles push for some silverware this season.