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Monday 29 August 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Former Futsal Navy Blue Hamish Grey has signed a professional contract with Italian Serie B futsal side Isola5, and is being hailed as New Zealand’s first full-time professional futsal player.
The 20-year-old former Selwyn College student has been a member of the extended Futsal Whites training squad and recently represented New Zealand at the World University Futsal Championships in Portugal.
The former Auckland City FC futsal player has played for clubs in Australia and Spain on his way to joining Isola5.
Announcing his signing, Isola5 shared an interview with Grey on social media in which he says he was attracted to the Italian side because of its focus on young players and ambitions for promotion after losing at last season’s play-offs stage.
“I’m expecting a difficult season in Serie B, competitive league with some great teams and important player,” Grey said.
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“However, I am very excited and can’t wait to show my skills, learn and hopefully win with the team.
“From what I know, we have a young team, but I am sure we will be ready to compete for promotion to A2.”
Asked what he will bring to Isola5, Grey said: “I like using my technical ability to attack 1vs1 and beat opponents with quick passes and moves. I also consider myself a strong defender and I will do everything I can to help my team win.”
As for being New Zealand’s first professional futsal player, Grey said: “It has always been my goal since I was young. I think having a professional futsal player from New Zealand will be very important for this sport.
“We have so much talent and passion. I hope my being here will inspire and encourage other players from my country.”
A massive congratulations to Hamish Grey who has become the first professional futsal player in New Zealand history after signing for Italian Serie B side ASD Isola5— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) August 22, 2022
Good luck in Italy Hamish! pic.twitter.com/gGEj70MPWF
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