Joe Champness

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Joe Champness
Personal information
Full name Joseph Champness
Date of birth (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth New Zealand
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 24
Youth career
Moreton Bay United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Moreton Bay United 17 (3)
2016 Brisbane Roar NPL 14 (4)
2017 Coimbra Academic Association 9 (0)
2017– Newcastle Jets 17 (5)
National team
2016–2017 Australia U20 7 (2)
2018– Australia U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 January 2018

Joseph "Joe" Champness (born 27 April 1997) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Newcastle Jets. Additionally he releases music under the name JOWIC.

Early life[edit]

Champness attended St Patrick's College where he was college captain in 2014 and played for the Brisbane Roars Youth Team before moving to Newcastle to pursue his football career.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle Jets[edit]


Champness signed a scholarship contract with the Newcastle Jets along with 3 other emerging youngsters in January 2017 until the end of the 2017-18 season, but almost immediately after the deals were announced Champness and former emerging Jet Antonee Burke signed a loan deal with Portuguese 2nd Division club Academica de Coimbra through to mid-2017. Champness spent his time at Academica playing football for the reserve team and occasionally training with the first team.


Champness had a good pre season in 2017 appearing regularly for the first team, scoring 4 goals and impressing new coach Ernie Merrick enough to reward him with a 3-year deal until 2019/20 although he will still be playing under the scholarship contract for the 2017-18 season. Champness made his professional debut on the 7 October 2017 away to the Central Coast Mariners coming on late and scoring a goal in the 81st minute. Champness then started his first professional game in Round 5 at home against the Wellington Phoenix. Champness scored his second goal for Newcastle in round 8 starting the game and scoring in the 75th minute in the Jets 4-1 win over the Melbourne Victory.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 February 2018[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AAC Secção de Futebol 2016–17 Campeonato de Portugal 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Newcastle Jets 2017–18 A-League 17 3 0 0 0 0 17 3
Career totals 26 3 0 0 0 0 26 3


Champness is currently eligible for both Australia and New Zealand, his birthplace. He has represented Australia at youth level and was a member of the Young Socceroos team in the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship in Bahrain. Currently, he is a member of the Australia under-23 squad.


Outside of his football career, Joe is a rapper, who goes by his current moniker 'JOWIC'. He released his debut single 'Wet Floor' [2] on Spotify in late 2017 followed by his second single a few weeks later 'Overnight' which was also released on Spotify. He has plans to release more material. His music style is heavily influenced by Drake.




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