By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Dublin, Ireland today – following a joint venture between existing Irish based sports agency Fuze Sports and the established UK sports law firm and agency Full Contact.
Full Contact Ireland will be primarily manned by Patrick Conliffe, the dual qualified Irish and English solicitor who has ran the Fuze Sports agency since 2013.
Representing those talented amateur and professional players both south and north of the border in Ireland, Full Contact Ireland will combine the track record and reputation that Full Contact boast in England for identifying and nurturing fresh talent – often from non-league football – with Patrick and his team’s longstanding expertise in spotting aspiring talent.
Dan Chapman, Full Contact’s senior partner, commented at the launch of the new venture in Dublin that “we have for some time been fully aware of the vast depth of the talent in the Irish football scene and indeed represented numerous Irish players from our English base.” However, Full Contact Ireland, as he explained “is a result of our exhaustive search to find the right opportunity to establish a physical presence in Ireland and to work with the right people who share our work ethic, ethos and values. With the extension of our brand in to Ireland, we believe we can establish a real foothold in the market here and do for Irish football what, in many ways, we have been able to do for non-league football in England. I am delighted to have Patrick on board with us – he and I share very similar backgrounds and we really look forward to making a huge success of Full Contact Ireland.”
Patrick Conliffe, who is licensed as a Registered Intermediary in both Ireland and the UK, explained why he and Fuze Sports joined forces with Full Contact “I have got to know Dan and the Full Contact team over the last year or two and was impressed with the drive and reputation that they have. They share my view as to the potential of the Irish market. What they have done for players in the lower leagues of England by transforming their careers and bringing them to the Championship and Premier League is truly remarkable and demonstrates a sophisticated and knowledgeable scouting and club contact network. We feel that this can be replicated here for Irish players and I felt that there was a gap in the market for a trustworthy and reputable agency in Ireland who know the business inside out. This joint venture with Full Contact transpired to be the perfect solution and we all believe that are now superbly placed to offer a top class service to players and clubs both sides of the Irish Sea.”
The first players to commit their future to Full Contact Ireland include Dundalk’s highly rated centre back Andy Boyle, Galway’s striker Padraic Cunningham and Anderlecht’s Irish U21 goalkeeper Liam Bossin. Full Contact also represent Limerick’s Bermudan keeper Freddy Hall.
Lee Payne, an experienced football agent who operated as a FA and FIFA Licensed Agent for many years prior to becoming a FA Registered Intermediary in 2015, is Full Contact’s Head of Football and he is no stranger to the talents of Irish footballers. His impressive client roster throughout his career to date includes Paddy Kenny, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ireland, Stephen Elliott, Willo Flood, Sean and Kevin Thornton – who have well over 100 full Irish caps between them. Lee stated “I am delighted that we now have Full Contact Ireland up and running and we are confident that we can assist a steady flow of exceptionally talented players to make the move to England as and when it is the right time, and that their careers will be properly managed both from Dublin and our English offices. Hopefully in a few years’ time we will proudly be enjoying many more clients pulling on the famous green jersey. ”
Fuze Sport, who operate the Dublin office, is as an independent business licensed to use our intellectual property and trade as Full Contact Ireland.
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