Steven Johnson Fikula: The former Oxford United man on his spell near the Arctic Circle in Norway

It may have only been a couple of months that Steven Johnson Fikula got to spend in Norway but he still recalls it as a positive experience. The defender started his career with Mansfield Town and was part of the under-18 side which won a third successive EFL Youth Alliance North-east Division title in the …

Pat Suraci: Heading to Belgium at the age of 18

Former Southampton youngster Pat Suraci was just 18 when he headed to Belgium to join second-tier side Lommel United. The attacking midfielder spent the 2016/17 season on the continent before returning to England where he has since played for non-league sides Gosport Borough (pictured above), Bognor Regis Town, Weymouth and Blackfield & Langley. His stint …

Tom Holmes: The Reading defender getting to grips with the unique league system on loan in Belgium

It's been a season of ups and downs for Tom Holmes. He's had his first taste of regular first team football in a new country but also suffered a serious facial injury at the start of the year. What he does know for sure is that his side now have five cup finals as they …

Caleb Richards: Living in Tampa was some of the best months of my life

When Norwich City announced a partnership with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies at the end of January 2019, it came with the promise of players from the Canaries's academy making the temporary switch across the Atlantic to gain competitive experience. Less than a week later, that promise came true as it was agreed for …

Unpaid wages and broken promises: How Zak Guerfi was unfairly treated in Tunisia

Zak Guerfi's career was on an upward trajectory. After an impressive spell in Sweden where he helped his side achieve promotion, the midfielder earned his first senior call-up to the Tunisia national team and secured a move to Tunisian top-flight side US Monastir. It seemed like all the hard work and the risk of first …

Melvyn Lorenzen: London-born Ugandan international winger looking for his next move

Melvyn Lorenzen still has some memories of his early years growing up in London, even if they are blurry now. The winger was born in England and spent his first five years in the capital before moving to Germany where he grew up and learned the game he loves. Growing up in Germany, Lorenzen played …

Renny Smith: To play for Austria would be my dream

That headline may seem unusual to see on a site named English Players Abroad but Renny Smith is a Londoner through and through, despite his international allegiances. The 23-year-old qualifies to play for Austria through his maternal grandfather and has represented the nation at under-18 and under-19 level. The situation reminds me of a certain …