Socceroos great Harry Kewell shares his expertise with potential soccer stars of the future.
Socceroos great Harry Kewell shares his expertise with potential soccer stars of the future. Robyne Cuerel

UPDATE: Kewell coming back to Hervey Bay in April

UPDATE: Harry Kewell is a man of his word.

The Socceroos legend will return to Hervey Bay for the second time in seven months to honour a promise he made during his visit in September.

Kewell made it clear that if he had it his way, he would be bringing his Harry Kewell Academy masterclasses back to the city.

Now all that remains is finalising dates, but the Chronicle understands Kewell, 36, will be hosting two clinics in late-April at the Hervey Bay Sports Club field.

"Due to unprecedented demand we are pleased to announce that the Harry Kewell Academy will return to the Fraser Coast this year," Harry Kewell Academy media manager Laura Melvin said.

"The community support and enthusiasm was so inspiring that we look forward to another round of clinics in April."

Local football club Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets was again responsible for luring the big name star to Hervey Bay.

Club president Stuart Taylor said Hervey Bay was a "highlight" of Kewell's round of roadshows from August to December last year, with 200 footballers, aged eight to 13, lacing up the boots to take part in two sold-out clinics.

Taylor felt Kewell's return would be just as exciting as his first visit.

"Last year was exceptional and we were one of the fastest regions to have the clinics sold-out," he said.

"For Harry to demonstrate a show of faith by returning to the region for a second straight year is a feather in our cap for the region.

"It shows football is growing in the region and is only going to get bigger and better.

"Harry was well received and felt like a member of our community.

"He felt engaged not only as a superstar of the game, but by spending time with children and connecting with the community.

"He made an effort and he loved the Fraser Coast."

The former Leeds and Liverpool superstar was the youngest player to debut for Australia (17, seven months), winning 58 international caps along with 17 goals for Australia.

In 2012 he was named the Greatest Ever Australian Footballer, but since retiring from football last year he has dedicated his time travelling around Australia to conduct his academy masterclasses.

Kewell's first visit to Hervey Bay has already seen a flow-on effect with some local clubs indicating a spike in junior numbers this season.

Determined to leverage off the back of the Socceroos' historic Asian Cup victory, Taylor was hopeful both clinics, which provide young players with a rare professional coaching experience from Kewell himself, would sell out quickly in order to convince Kewell to run a third clinic if time allows.

"If it sells out quickly like it did last year and we get significant numbers interested we will be pushing as a club to have to third day for a clinic," he said.

Dates and times for the clinics are expected to be announced in the coming days with registrations opening soon. For more information, visit www.harrykewellacademy.com.

EARLIER: Australia's greatest footballer Harry Kewell will soon be returning to Hervey Bay.  

The Chronicle can confirm the Socceroos legend will be bringing his Harry Kewell Academy back to the city in April.

"Due to unprecedented demand we are pleased to announce that the Harry Kewell Academy will return to the Fraser Coast this year," Harry Kewell Academy media manager Laura Melvin said.

"The community support and enthusiasm was so inspiring that we look forward to another round of clinics in April."

Kewell's visit last year was a huge hit with 200 footballers, aged eight to 13, lacing up the boots to take part in two sold out masterclass clinics.  

More details will be published once available.