The Integrated Football Management European headquarters are relocating from the Mediterranean to the Baltics this month, after a year on the island of Malta. ”The change was adamant and helps in terms of the close ties that we have in Central Europe, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom; it also ensures that we have a more central transport hub into Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, where we will continue to grow our partnership channels and scouting network.
With Darren Walker heading up the United Kingdom from our Edinburgh base, it ensures that we have a more central base with great transport connections throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and across to Asia – and Vilnius, aside from a great city to live in, is a perfect location” explains IFM Director Andy Drewery.
The team is currently busy preparing for the up and coming European & Asian winter transfer window with clubs, partners and contacts across the globe, in particular some larger scale projects in China and England. Follow our Facebook page for any further updates and latest news heading into what we expect to be a busy few months for IFM.
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!
IFM Central Defender Gorskie signs with Israeli top division club Bnei Sakhnin. Jason was scouted from Pieta’ Hotspurs FC in Maltese division one club by the IFM team. After a week’s trial with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Sakhnin F.C. Jason put pen to paper on a one year deal with view to extension of a second year. Congratulations and good luck!
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 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!
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!
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
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!
IFM 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!