Australian Maltese Youngster Seychell Signs with Pieta Hotspurs

Alan Seychell, IFM’s eighteen year old striker has been signed with BOV Division One outfit Pieta Hotspurs after a successful trial. Previously having played for Rydalmere Lions FC in Australia, Seychell, who also holds Maltese citizenship, has impressed the first team coach Patrick Curmi and will be playing in the top division of Maltese youth football as well as knocking on the door of the first team. Alan arrived in Malta with a view to fulfill his dream of playing in the top division of Maltese football and a goal to become a national team player.

Alan has shown strength, determination and maturity far beyond his years in the brief time that he has been here. Pieta Hotspurs is one of the best clubs in Malta and in the following year he will be in good hands. We wish Alan best of luck!

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IFM Central Defender Bakmaz Signs With St Andrews FC

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After a successful 2 week trial central defender and fullback, Ante Bakmaz has signed a 1 year deal to play in the Maltese BOV Premier League with St Andrews Football Club. 

From the Western Sydney suburb of Greystanes, Ante came through the youth ranks at local National Premier League team Granville Rage before moving onto his first leap into European football in the birth place of his parents, Croatia with NK Zagreb. After returning home for one season to play under the guidance of David Perkovic at Fraser Park, who Ante describes as “the best manager I have had the pleasure of playing under” he returned to Croatia to play for NK Trešnjevka, NK Laduc. He then moved across to The Netherlands to play with FC Chabab, before securing a deal with the prestigious outfit Ajax Amsterdam in their Top Classe Zaterdag squad. 
 
IFM Director Andy Drewery said ”Ante deserves this, he has worked hard on and off the pitch and has done the hard yards to get to this moment in his career. He is a an extremely gifted and professional footballer – this is a fantastic opportunity to play top league football. It is a pleasure to be able to work with a player like Ante and create this window of opportunity. He will only excel from here”. The signing was also mentioned in the Maltese media channels, such as TV Network TVM, Replay TV and News Malta.
 
Ante’s first game for the ‘Vjola’ could be against Birkirkara FC this coming weekend. Good luck Ante from all of us at IFM!

IFM Attacking Midfielder Jacob Walker Signs Contract Extension with St Andrews FC

IFM is pleased to announce that our young and talented attacking midfielder Jacob Walker has signed a new one year extension with BOV Premier League team St Andrews Football Club.

Jacob was invited to preseason training with Livingston Football Club in Scotland for a week in July and has come back fresh and ready for the start of the Maltese Premier League season. Jacob received some fantastic feedback from his training week Scotland, which he is determined to put into practice over the coming season with a young and talented St Andrew’s squad under the guidance of head coach Jose Borg.

Well done Jacob and good luck for the up coming season, we look forward to seeing your continued growth and progress!

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IFM’s Australian-Maltese Youngster Alan Seychell Lands in Malta

IFM welcomes on board a young attacker who landed in Malta yesterday. Previously having played in Australian teams, most recently Rydalmere Lions under the guidance of head coach Tony Basha and the experienced Chris “Camel” Camilleri, Alan was scouted by Andy in his visit to the Genova International School of Soccer (GISS) in Italy. Integrated Football Management has trials lined up for Alan with a few premier youth and division one teams in Malta. Welcome to Malta Alan and best of luck!

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IFM Welcomes on Board an Australian-Croatian Center Back

After a whirlwind visit to Australia for meetings and club visits Integrated Football Management would like to officially welcome Anthony Bakmaz to the team. He started his football career in Sydney, then played in Croatia before moving to Holland to play most recently in Amsterdam with the Ajax Amateur team.

Ante, you have continued to grow from strength to strength throughout your footballing career and it is our pleasure to work with you and to help take your footballing career to the next level. Welcome on board! #ifmglobal #allfortheloveoffootball #ifm

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Exciting Young Midfielder Jacob Walker Signs with IFM

Another exciting signing for IFM with young attacking midfielder and winger Jacob Walker who joins the team after being identified through our Southern-European scouting network. Coming from youth into the first team at Luxol St. Andrews football club, Jacob played a key role in the clubs fight to stay in the BOV Premier League and was an important member of the clubs senior and minor teams over the 2015-2016 season.

The technical, dynamic and lively Maltese youth international will be travelling to England and Scotland after being invited for trials through the months of June and July. Jacob has already attracted some interest from European clubs and, after completing a successful season is continuing to train daily towards the summer months. Watch this space for future updates. Good luck from all the team at IFM Jacob and welcome on board!

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IFM Welcomes on Board an US Central Defender Jason Gorskie

Andy and JasonIFM welcomes to the team American Central Defender Jason Gorskie, a season standout for Pietà Hotspurs FC. Jason was scouted throughout the season and was one of the leagues best defenders, only missing one match in the entirety of the 2015/2016 season. The 26 year old footballer has experience playing in America with Penn Quakers, NJ Rangers and Icon FC, as well as in Europe and Scandinavia with Wisla Pulawy and Norvegian team FK Lynn respectively.

”Jason is a fantastic footballer who was a clear stand-out for me this season. His technique, defensive qualities and reading of the game impressed me and I believe that Jason will go on to achieve bigger and better things throughout his career”, said IFM director Andy Drewery.

Jason has been invited to trial at Scottish Championship side Livingston Football Club in June. Welcome to the IFM family Jason!

A Sunday of International Scouting: Friendly Malta-Turkey U-15’s Match

An action packed weekend of football, conference calls and business meetings with our business partners and local talents came to a conclusion on Sunday with an international friendly match between a very technical and well-drilled Turkish U15 team comfortably defeating an impressive Maltese outfit. Several youngsters were a standout for the Turkish team who played a free flowing and very technical brand of football whilst for Malta one name to mention was young Birkirkara utility player and Maltese fullback Ethan Letheridge – a definite one to watch for the future.

Meanwhile over in Scotland IFM partner and chief scout Darren Walker spent the weekend scouting local Scottish Football Association matches as well as attended meetings with football clubs in the Scottish Premiership, Championship and in Division 1 respectively. Watch this space come the month of June as some of our IFM players embark on trials in several clubs in Scotland.

 

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From Sao Paulo to Sydney IFM’s Brazilian Midfield Maestro Heads Down Under

Luiz has played professionally in Brazil, Latvia and Malta and the next step in his football career pathway is Down Under to play in the NSW National Premier League.

The Brazilian footballer who has a wealth of experience at only 25, has been training and playing locally in Brazil for the past 2 months and is ready to hit the floor running and begin his Australian chapter with immediate effect. Scouted from the echelons of Maltese Football by IFM Director Andy, who was playing with Luiz before he moved up to a division one team where his ability was a stand-out compared to the players around him.

”From the very first game we played together to the final game in Malta, Luiz’s technical ability, composure and reading of the game was second-to-none”,- said Andy Drewery. ”He was ice-cool on the ball, even when under pressure, and kept the game alive. He reminds me a bit of the Brazilian – Diego, with his style of play, vision and adaptability on the pitch. We are expecting some big things from Luiz in Australia, where he will be firmly in the shop window for the bigger clubs within Australian Football and then who knows where the next step will be from there”.

The team at IFM wish Luiz a safe journey to Sydney and a successful start to his season.