Former Socceroo opens Aussie franchise

by Julia Corderoy16 Jul 2015
Former Socceroo squad member, Joel Griffiths has opened up an Aussie Home Loan franchise in Newcastle after recently completing his mortgage broker qualifications.

Griffiths and wife Bianca have established an Aussie store at The Junction in Newcastle, with an old school friend of Griffiths’, Jeff Sawtell as the third mortgage broker in their store.

He recently completed an intensive three week mortgage broking course to become fully accredited with a Diploma of Financial Services, after helping his wife – who became qualified last year as a broker – for several months at The Junction outlet in administration and office management.

The 35 year old professional football player has made the transition to Aussie after having played for the Newcastle Jets, Sydney and Wellington, as well as a number of overseas clubs including Leeds United. Griffiths also won the A-League’s Most Valuable Player Award and its Golden Boot in 2008.

“A career after football was in my mind for some years and I was very attracted to Aussie’s great name in the market, as it is the leader in the mortgage broking industry,” Griffiths said.  

“A mate of mine Luke Torossian is the principal of Aussie Engadine and he has briefed me about the industry and how Aussie helps its customers find the right mortgages for their personal and financial situations.”

Aussie’s executive chairman John Symond says he is delighted to have Griffith on board and says it speaks highly of the franchises training program.

“We are very proud of our training and development programs because they allow people with or without financial services experience to launch into a new career in a fast growing industry, which now provides more than 50% of all home loans in Australia,” he said.