One of the key pioneers for Australian footballers abroad, Andy Bernal is the son of Spanish migrants and grew up in Canberra at a time when immigrants and their families were made to feel unwelcome. Despite this, Andy’s love of football, although second to rugby league as a child, saw him emerge from the ACT to forge a career abroad, becoming a professional in both Spain and England.
In between times, Andy had a spell back home, winning a National Championship with Sydney Olympic FC and gaining Socceroos recognition. He became an integral part of one of the greatest teams in the history of Reading FC, being considered by many supporters as one of their greatest ever talents.
After his retirement, Andy became a football agent and was entrusted to be Manager in Spain to superstar David Beckham following his move to Real Madrid from Manchester United.
Following roles as a Socceroos scout and a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Andy now works as a global talent scout for footballers and fighters. He is married to Jaynie Wignall, daughter of former Australian Speedway Champion David, a proud father to Isabella who married UFC star Dan Hooker, and as well as a proud grandfather to Zoe.