A soccer player has come out as gay, making him the first to have played in the A-league and come out publicly.

Andy Brennan who used to play for the Newcastle Jets, and is now a winger and striker for Melbourne-based Green Scully club, made the announcement on his Instagram.

“It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this – I’m gay.

“I was scared it would affect my friendships, my teammates, and my family,” he wrote.

“But the support of the people around me has been so great and helped me get to the final step; being completely open. Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself. So… carry on!”

The post has even grabbed the attention of actor Keiynan Lonsdale who liked it.

Speaking with the Herald Sun, Brennan said: “Six months ago I thought about it a lot, tried to hide it and push it aside because of the way I thought it would be perceived by many.

“I suppose I’ve carried this burden with me for so long about being gay and I’ve come to the realisation that I can be open with it and speak to people about it and it’s ok.”

The news comes less than a year after breaking up with his girlfriend… we wonder why they weren’t compatible.

How long before the shirtless Instagram posts and he gets cast by Ryan Murphy?