Exclusive Interview: Vince Kester

James Rowe for The Secret Footballer

JR ''Hi Vince, I hope everything is well with you, thanks for speaking to me at TSF!  Let's talk about a young man growing up in the Netherlands trying to make his way in the game, eventually ending up in goal... what happened?

VK  "I started out at an amateur club here in the Netherlands and was a footballer for three years, playing as a defender.  But at one point during my rise up through the youth teams we had a goalkeeper who was not very good.  Eventually he stopped playing for the club and every other game the team would choose another goalkeeper from the players we had.  When it was my turn I found that it was something I really enjoyed and the parents on the sidelines were commenting that I had played well.  Ever since that time I have remained as a goalkeeper.  Shortly after I received interest from other professional football clubs and I have been playing for FC Dordrecht since under 17 level"

JR  ''Well, they do say you don't find goalkeeping, it finds you!  How are you enjoying your time at FC Dordrecht? ''

VK  ''I am really enjoying my time at FC Dordrecht. It is a great club.  Of course, we do not have a massive budget and we have less resources than other football clubs such as Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV Eindhoven, but that does not take away from the enjoyment I get playing for the club. I am still living every boy's dream to become a professional footballer and play for a professional club.  That was my dream from a very young age and I am happy to continue my development here at FC Dordrecht ''

JR  "We're told that goalkeepers are crazy, but these days they are more vital to the way a team plays than ever!  What characteristics and qualities does a modern day goalkeeper need?"

VK  "I believe that a goalkeeper must have a good charisma and I believe that charisma says a lot about a goalkeeper. I personally believe that a goalkeeper that does not have good charisma can be seen as unsure, and if you are unsure as a goalkeeper then you are not scaring your opponent.  A goalkeeper must also have good reflexes, and it is important to remain calm and play the ball to your teammates in an assertive manner.  You must also be understood by your teammates when giving instructions and encouraging them!"

JR  "You're gaining invaluable experience at club level, who are among the best players you have played alongside so far in your career? ''

VK   "Yes. At the moment my current teammate Ernesto Gomez has become a really good right back. He is really strong in possession and he can take on and go past his opponent.  He is also very, very quick on the wing.  A player who I played with from my time in amateur football was Nitesh Changoer, and I am always full of praise for him.  He is currently playing for Excelsior Rotterdam and is a really good midfielder with great vision and a good range of passing.  He could always be relied on to keep the ball when you passed to him, it did not matter if he was tightly marked, he always had great ball control"

JR ''You are still a very young goalkeeper, which coaches have played a key role in the development of your career so far?"

VK  ``My current manager at FC Dordrecht, Tim den Haan, has given me a lot of confidence by giving me a place in the starting eleven.  Also, the coaches from my old club were Jordy Pronk and Roel Nortier. Both, particularly in my last season, helped me to become a better and more assured goalkeeper, and also to improve how I read the game.  Specifically, they improved my timing when coming out of my goal as well as helping me to choose the right moments in the game to play the ball out from the back with my feet.  I am really grateful to them both''

JR ''Vince, I really appreciate your time today, I know you've got to get to training! But finally, what is your burning ambition in professional football?"

VK ''I would really like to end up playing professional football in the Bundesliga in Germany. I think it is a great league and especially a good league for goalkeepers.  Germany is known for having good keepers and I will continue to do my best and work as hard as I possibly can to achieve that goal. I am lucky to still be young, and I have a lot of years in front of me. A club such as FC Dordrecht do not have as good facilities as Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV Eindhoven, where you may get picked up quicker.  So for me, it is just a case of being patient and continuing to do my best. I would love to play for a club such as Borussia Dortmund but I think a really good intermediate step would be Eintracht Frankfurt.  They have made great progress both domestically in Germany and also in Europe in recent seasons.'' 

James Rowe is a Dutch Football expert based in the Netherlands, professional writer and translator for The Secret Footballer. He has featured on talkSPORT and regularly features on talkSPORT 2 and Love Sport Radio. You can follow him on Twitter here.