One of the greatest ever goal-scorers in NSW football history has retired. After 26 years of semi-professional football and a brief flirtation with Adelaide United, Robbie Younis has hung up his boots.

Younis’ career in football began when he was signed up to play for St Johns Auburn as a five-year-old.

“Funnily enough I didn’t really enjoy football when I first started out (laughs). I wanted to give it up at the time but it was my brother (Ray – former NSL player Ray Younis, with Parramatta Power) who convinced me to come and play up an age and it was here that I fell completely in love with the game.”

With his junior years behind him, Robbie spent his youth at Parramatta FC and Bankstown City. He then found a place at APIA Leichhardt, before he had hit his 18th birthday.

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“APIA as a club will always hold a special place in my heart. They gave me my NPL debut at the age of seventeen where I actually scored a hat-trick twenty minutes into my first grade career. APIA allowed me to develop at such a rapid rate.”

Younis was the lifeblood of APIA’s attack from 2006 to 2008. In those two years he had amassed 39 goals in 43 games, ultimately taking out the Golden Boot award before signing with A-League club Adelaide United when he was 22 years old.

“My time with Adelaide was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn off some of the best in Australia.  Of course, I would have liked to have stayed on for longer, however that is football. It isn’t always nice but it taught me things that I would take into the remainder of my playing days.”

He moved back to APIA Leichhardt, spending the next three seasons scoring another 29 goals in 49 games. It was at this point in his career that he was approached by Brian Brown, coach of NPL powerhouse Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

“I spent some of the best years of my career at APIA, and it was during my time there that Bonnyrigg was in contact with me on multiple occasions. It wasn’t until I was heading into the 2012 season that I decided to make a fresh start and Bonnyrigg could offer me that.”

Younis signed with the White Eagles for the 2012 season and ended up playing the rest of his career there. In his 4-year stint with the club, he picked up another Golden Boot award, while also being a crucial member of Bonnyrigg’s 2012 and 2014 title winning sides.

“I never could have imagined the level of success I’d have at Bonnyrigg when I first signed with them. We achieved so much success over my four years with the club and I’m proud to say I helped in my own little way.”

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Younis played 206 games and scored 150 goals in his semi-professional career.  Announcing that he retired certainly came as the news reverberated around the league.

“I’ve dedicated 26 years of my life to football and feel that at the age of 31, the time is right to move forward. I have beautiful family with two little boys who have been there for me throughout my career and it’s now time for me to be there for them. I am and forever will be madly in love with football, but it is now time for me to pass on the baton.

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“I’m forever in debt to football and everything it has given me. It has made me the man I am today. I’m proud of all that I have achieved but above all I am thankful for what it has taught me about responsibility and commitment. I must give a big thanks to all who influenced my career and want to wish all at Bonnyrigg good luck as they head into the 2017 season.”

Besides the trophies he accumulated, Younis will perhaps be best remembered for this.

Quotes via Football NSW