Jersey Goalkeeper Looking to Make His Mark in England

After his call up to the England ‘C’ training camp back in October 20-year-old goalkeeper Euan van der Vliet aims to push a move to play in the English league system.

“I want to play at the highest level possible,” said the former Southampton academy player.

“I’ve had no offers from English teams yet but I’m definitely going to try and push on and get myself a club.”

Currently playing for St Paul’s FC on the Channel Island of Jersey, Van der Vliet saved two penalties against the England ‘C’ side when playing in between the sticks for the island in their penalty shootout victory in May last year.

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The Jersey national team are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA, therefore cannot compete in the World Cup or the European Championships. (Image: Jersey FA)

The young shot stopper was then called up by Paul Fairclough to train with England’s semi-professional set up leading up to their International Challenge Trophy final against Slovakia. Van der Vliet didn’t make the final squad but appreciated the chance to test himself at a higher level.

“I thought the three day training camp was a good experience,” said Van der Vliet.

“I was surrounded with players who play at a good level and I think I grew into things over the three days.”

Players from Jersey take the risk of travelling to England and trying and forge a career in the professional game. However, Van der Vliet will take confidence in Channel Islanders such as Brett Pittman, who plays for Portsmouth in League One and his national team captain, Cavaghn Miley, who joined Eastleigh in the National League last summer.

 “The standard of football in Jersey isn’t the best, but I believe there are a few players here who could easily be playing in England – they just don’t get the chance to be seen.” added Van der Vliet.

The transfer deadline for Football League clubs has passed; however, Van der Vliet is free to join any side on a free transfer outside the window.

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Header image by Rex Features via BBC Sport.

Published by Dan Simmonite

Aspiring sport media professional currently working with Northumberland FA. Also write for the grassroots section of the Newcastle Chronicle.

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