Havant & Waterlooville FC
|Date of Birth: |
|Place of birth:|
|Youth – 2012|
Queens Park Rangers FC
|2014 (on loan)|
Nuneaton Town FC
Crystal Palace FC
Dover Athletic FC
Ebbsfleet United FC
Havant & Waterlooville FC
So Sam – tell us a bit about yourself!
I’ve never really known much else other than football & I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s a hard world to be in and to still be playing now & earning a living from the game is a good feeling. Born & raised in Portsmouth started my career there which is the club I also support so I really enjoyed the early parts of my career there. I’d describe myself as a ball playing centre half that was loved a challenge & defending as a whole!
Sam, you started your football career by Portsmouth FC. How did you experienced the youth competitions?
Yes started my career at Portsmouth as men motioned above. I really enjoyed my time there, got my scholar and first pro contract at 15 so I was able to concentrate on the football. We had a decent run in the fa you cup, we were massive underdogs against Spurs, they had Tom Carrol & Harry Kane playing. We beat them 1-0 at white heart lane it was a great evening. But got elbowed and cut my head open so couldn’t enjoy the celebrations too much. We lost to Chelsea in the next round 1-0.
On 14 august 2012, you made your professional debut, in a League Cup match against Plymouth Argyle FC. How important was that moment for you ?
Making my debut for Portsmouth was an amazing moment for myself and my family. All my family are Pompey fans, they all came to the game it was a great experience & feeling. One of the favourites in my career!
After your time by Portsmouth FC, you moved to Queens Park Rangers FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?
Yes QPR had a better setup being a premier league club as in facilities & gym etc. Portsmouth were in a lower division at the time so I was expecting that. Was a good set up there.
During your time at Queens Park Rangers FC you were competing for the Right-back position. How did you feel about the likelihood of yourself being given a chance? Explain your answer.
When I signed Mark Hughes was the manager I was training with the first team quite a bit but only after 3 weeks he got the sack & Harry Rednapp came in. Obviously a great manager but likes an experienced player and I wasn’t ready for the premier league so it was a tough one but done my best but it didn’t work out there.
On 20 July 2015, you signed with Dover Athletic FC after impressing on a trial, where you made 86 league appearances during two season. Why did you leave Dover Athletic ?
Was a good time at Dover got in the playoffs which unfortunately we didn’t win. Basically I left because I had interest elsewhere at a full time club as Dover trained evenings & the distance from Portsmouth to Dover is quite far so also had to take that into consideration.
Sam you have played at several competitions and football clubs. At which club did you learned the most? And why ?
I learnt the most when I came out the pro scene & into the conference with Dover and Ebbsfleet. Men’s football, points, money, peoples jobs are on the line then so it is a lot more serious. I loved every minute but non-league is a great place for younger players to learn their trade. I wish I done it earlier!
And Sam, what were your highs and lows during your football career?
Highs in my career was making my debut for Portsmouth that was great & also playing for Malta against various country’s. Playing against England was tough but a great experience.
Lows was when I left Portsmouth it wasn’t the way I wanted to leave or leave at all that was a tough time!
You have also played for the national team of Malta. What was it like to join the national football team of Wales?
Yes played 7 times for Malta now was meant to be away now but due to Covid it was cancelled. I love playing for them it’s a great experience playing against some top players. From around the world and travelling to new places. Don’t get much better than that!
What are your targets for the 2020-2021 season ?
Well now the playoffs are going ahead hopefully we can go up & if we do then compete in the league Above and finish as high as we can. If we don’t go up then we need to get promoted in the coming season 100%.