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Matthew Briggs: Premier League’s former youngest player on his time in Denmark

It has been nearly a year since Matthew Briggs name was everywhere but this time it was not for the records he had set but for the record of his that had been broken. On 4 May 2019, Briggs’ record as the Premier League youngest player was broken by Harvey Elliot. It had stood for […]

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Kyle Bailey: Realising the professional dream abroad

Some players accept that they will not reach a professional level. They may have tried their best to make their dream come true but it never happened. And that’s fine, not everyone can – but have they really tried? Have they really put their all in and committed to making their dream reality? One person […]

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Jonny Rowell: The former Hartlepool midfielder on his ten years in Belgium

Jonny Rowell is one of the originals for me. Ever since I have been interested in the subject of English players abroad, the midfielder from Newcastle has been plying his trade overseas so it was great to finally get in contact with him last month. Now 30, Rowell has spent a third of his life […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Macaulay Gillesphey: Playing under Robbie Fowler in Australia

The term rock at the back is used a lot in football but it’s difficult to use any other expression when it comes to describing Macaulay Gillesphey’s time at Brisbane Roar so far. The 24-year-old defender has started every one of the Roar’s matches this season, missing just 50 minutes of league action. Having started […]

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George Cox: When I go home I miss living abroad!

It’s fair to say battling relegation this season will not faze George Cox one bit. The 22-year-old left-back on loan at Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard has already come through so much to be able to call himself a professional footballer. The Brighton defender found out in 2018 that he had an irregular heartbeat and at […]

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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 […]