By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Seny Dieng has today signed for Championship club Queens Park Rangers.
21 year-old goalkeeper Seny was born in Zurich, Switzerland but is of Senegalese descent. He began his career at FC Red Star Zurich and quite incredibly made his professional debut whilst aged only 15. Signed by Swiss giants Grasshoppers in 2011, Seny would quickly gain senior experience playing either for Grasshoppers’ second team in the Swiss lower leagues or out on loan, whilst also regularly named as the first team substitute keeper. In 2014, Seny was on the bench in a Champions League fixture against Lille. After a transfer to Germany – joining MSV Duisburg – Seny decided he wanted to pursue a career in England and after Duisburg’s relegation at the end of last season Seny became the latest in a line of foreign goalkeepers to join forces with Full Contact.
Full Contact’s Head of Football Lee Payne described how the move to QPR came about, “Seny arrived in England for the start of pre-season and there were a number of clubs interested in looking at him. Only a few months ago Duisburg had paid a transfer fee to secure his move from Grasshoppers and it was an exceptional opportunity for a club to sign a goalkeeper with outstanding potential but also a lot of experience already for a 21 year old. Seny has been in and around first-team football since he was 15 and so we were excited to see how clubs over here would react to him. We wanted Seny to experience a number of clubs at different levels to try and see what would be the best fit for him and he went in at places like Fylde in the National League North and Rochdale in League One and then Barnsley. Everywhere he went he shone and we were in the fortunate position – entirely to Seny’s credit – where we kept getting offers for him to sign for these clubs. QPR’s keeper coach Gavin Ward had got wind of Seny being over here and to his credit persuaded us to bring Seny in and once again he has impressed, which has led to the decision to accept the offer QPR have made. We feel this is a great club for Seny to develop, adapt to the English game and hopefully kickstart a really good career in this country.”
Seny has put pen to paper on a contract that runs until the summer of 2018. In making the transition to UK football, Seny follows in the footsteps of the likes of Kelle Roos who Full Contact have also acted for in similar circumstances. Full Contact’s senior partner Dan Chapman explained “We have developed a strong network across Europe and further afield and Seny is the latest foreign player that we have been able to bring in to the English game at a good level. Last season we brought Souleymane Coulibaly back from Italy, we have had Jasko Keranovic go in at WBA and many more; it is all about having the right recruitment eyes out there working with you and then developing the right strategies as to how to place these players. Seny has been extremely patient and trusting and we are delighted he now has this fabulous opportunity.”
All at Full Contact wish Seny and QPR the best for the remainder of the season.
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