Nick Riewoldt, the former St Kilda legend, has announced that his family will be returning to Australia following their unexpected move to Houston, Texas. The 41-year-old footballer chose to leave behind his successful television career with Fox Sports to be closer to his wife's family, who are originally from the area. However, Riewoldt couldn't provide a definite timeline for their return Down Under, leaving footy fans in suspense.
Missing his presence and charisma on their screens, footy fans have eagerly speculated about Riewoldt's eventual comeback. During an interview on SEN, Riewoldt confirmed his family's intention to come back but added that the final decision will take a few months to shape. Convincing his family to leave the American way of life, which they have grown fond of, won't be an easy task.
Adapting to their new surroundings in America, the Riewoldt family has embraced their time in Houston. Riewoldt's parents recently visited from Australia, marking the first time they had seen their grandchildren in a year. Reflecting on the visit, Riewoldt expressed how well-integrated his family has become, with the boys thriving in school and sports. The Australian accents have added an extra touch of novelty to their experience in America, which the family has thoroughly enjoyed.
While Riewoldt has relished his role as the director of business development at a tech company, venturing into a new world outside of footy, he openly admits to missing the game dearly. This year, for the first time since he was 17, Riewoldt had to face a footy season without being completely immersed in it. Despite the new job being an eye-opening experience, his passion for footy remains strong.
Riewoldt's children have wholeheartedly embraced their new sporting environment, swapping the Sherrin for baseball bats and becoming avid supporters of the Houston Astros. Attending games as season ticket holders, the boys have immersed themselves in the sport, familiarizing themselves with players, batting orders, and pitchers. Riewoldt himself hopes they will hold onto a footy and cricket bat as well, wishing to maintain a connection to their Australian roots.
As footy enthusiasts eagerly await Riewoldt's return to their screens, his desire to be reunited with the game is evident. While the family continues to savor their time in the United States, Australia beckons them, and in the next few months, their decision on when to return will be made.