After a season as the only Englishman in the professional divisions in Denmark, Charlie Machell has joined top flight Faroe Islands side 07 Vestur.
The versatile 23-year-old from Newcastle has joined the side partway through their season but will have to wait a month for his debut as the league takes a month summer break.
Machell, who made 19 appearances in the Danish second tier last season for Thisted, joins a Vestur side who are currently bottom of the league but with his arrival at the club coinciding with the return of several key international players back from injury, hopes are high that a real improvement can be made in the second half of the season.
Speaking to English Players Abroad, the 23-year-old said: “The football is good here. There’s several teams playing in Europe and the facilities are quality. Víkingur play HJK Helsinki in the Champions League soon and another side [NSÍ Runavík] play Hibernian soon as well.”
“I flew direct from Edinburgh which was perfect and they all speak Danish and English really well here as well as having their own language.”
Following the completion of his transfer, the former US college student will be returning to the islands in two weeks time to help his new side push for survival.
Machell is clearly impressed with his new home, full of praise for the facilities and the opportunity he has be given but there is one downside, no Love Island on Faroese TV!
07 Vestur return to action on 28th July when they take on third place side B36, who once had an Englishman off their own. Back in the 2008, former Plymouth Argyle youngster Sam Malsom joined B36 and played two seasons in the Faroe Islands before moving on to Iceland.
Good luck to Charlie at his new club and you can read the interview I published with him last month here.