Abbas the Aussie

This Australia Day holiday, Ali Abbas with take an oath of allegiance and officially become and Australian citizen.

This Australia Day holiday, Ali Abbas will join 56 people from 24 countries at Newcastle City Hall where the Hunter Ports- Newcastle Jets midfielder will take an oath of allegiance and officially become an Australian citizen.

Thursday-s ceremony will be a momentous occasion for the 25-year-old who is looking forward to officially calling Australia home. This country is a place he sought political asylum back in 2007 while here with the Iraqi under 23-s during the Olympic qualifiers.

“I am so proud of becoming an Australian citizen, I can-t wait for Thursday to celebrate with the people of Newcastle,” Abbas said.

“I studied hard to pass the citizenship and really enjoyed learning all about Australia along the way.

“I took a huge risk in staying here and I am so grateful that everything has turned out the way it has.”

Abbas has come along way in the short time he has been in Australia, initially finding his feet in the NSW Premier League before joining the Jets and notching up 52 A-League games.