Leeds setback inspired Aussie ace
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 22-year-old spent 12 days at Elland Road but failed to impress enough to earn a deal with the Premiership club.
That knock back may have unsettled some players, but the former South Melbourne defender said he used it as a motivational tool.
He told The Daily Record: "I went to Leeds on trial when I was 19 or 20. I was there for 12 days but unfortunately it didn't work out which made me even more determined.
"Now I have been handed this opportunity by Hearts and am grateful for that."
Kisnorbo admitted that the Australians who are currently playing in the UK have inspired him to keep improving his game and he looks at them as role models.
"When I was at Leeds I saw all the big players and their lifestyles and I wanted to be one of them," he added.
"But you move on and do what you have to do. There is always inspiration from somewhere.
"Craig Moore has been an inspiration. Life is a rollercoaster and there are always ups and downs.
"But when I was with Leeds, Mark Viduka was brilliant and Harry Kewell was pretty good as well."
The Australian international admitted that he had to leave his homeland to improve his game and make it as a top-flight footballer.
He continued: "Back home the Australians love their cricket while soccer is very much a second-rate sport.
"All the exposure soccer gets is bad exposure which is another reason why I came to Scotland.
"Obviously playing in Europe is another big incentive."