Biggleswade United’s ambitious plans have taken another step forward with the announcement of the signing of of Norwegian striker and national television football commentator, Simen Moller.
Moller who scored 40 goals in his last 58 games for Norway second division side Kjelsas before deciding to retire to concentrate on his media career has been coaxed out of retirement by the Spartan League’s Director of Football, Guillem Balague, who met him while on a TV assignment in Norway.
Balague explained: “I do a lot of work for Norwegian TV on the Premier League. During a long train journey between Oslo and Bergen I had the opportunity to ask him if he had ever fancied playing football in England.”
“Obviously we are not in a position to pay our players at the present time so I suggested a mutually beneficial arrangement between us whereby he would get a television documentary, experience of English football, plus a working knowledge of how things work on English television, while we would enjoy the talents of a striker who quite clearly knows where the goal is.”
He added that during his stay in England, in addition to playing for the club, he would be getting work experience with Talksport radio, the Independent and also Sky Sports.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to bring someone of the quality and class of Simen to our little club,” he added.
More than anything else I want to bring that kind of experience and level to the club so our local boys can benefit from it.”
“But everybody wins, including Top Eleven our fantastic sponsors who are constantly looking to up the profile of the club all over the world.
The 28-year-old, 6’3 striker, Simen will arrive in the UK at the beginning of March and play for the club until the end of the season.
In addition to his playing duties he will also be filming a documentary about his experiences of playing football at grassroots level in the UK for Norwegian television. He is currently employed by Norwegian television station TV2 working as a commentator and pundit on the Premier League.
Both Simen and his older brother Julian were considered red hot properties in Norwegian junior football when attending the prestigious junior sides of Skeid Fotbal, generally regarded as the talent factory for many of Norway’s major sides.
While Julian opted to try to make it in the world of professional football, Simen decided to pursue a career in media and communications whilst still playing in the country’s third tier. The move will allow him to carry on his journalistic career with the planned documentary while still playing football.
Biggleswade United currently have more than 40,000 followers on Twitter, more than most of the clubs in Divisions One and Two of the Football League.
The promotion of the club means that it has featured on local and national television and national publications all over the world. Among them a Copa 90 video at the club attracted more than 580,000 viewing while the French, world famous L’Equipe magazine published a double paged spread on the exploits of the club.
Among the players who have played for the club are former Chelsea and Espanyol midfielder Quique de Lucas and Sergio Urbano the former Barcelona B midfielder.
Source: Biggleswade United FC