Apprentice Reviews

Becoming A European Export

In: April |
05/04/18 |

Since Plymouth Argyle’s Toby Davis became the first LFE export to sign professional terms in Sweden in 2008, over 200 players have tried their luck on foreign soil, with almost half gaining full-time deals in Sweden and Spain.

Former York City winger Jamie Hopcutt is perhaps one of the most successful players to make the switch.

Hopcutt had been playing for Tadcaster Albion after being released by the Ministermen just three months into his first professional contract. He joined Ostersunds FK in 2012, via LFE’s player placement programme and has since helped the club to two promotions, a Swedish Cup triumph and played a key role in their run to the Europa League Round of 32, starting in a 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, former Stevenage apprentice Zak Guerfi earned a two-year professional deal with Bodens BK after impressing during his initial three-month placement, with the young midfielder making a significant contribution to their Division 2 title success in 2018.

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