Freed Hibs kid Gerard Rossi signs for Slovakian side FC Neded

Last updated : 24 August 2007 By Steve Forbes

Freed Hibs striker Gerard Rossi has landed a deal with Slovakian side FC Neded after missing out on a dream move to America to sign for LA Galaxy.

Rossi, 19, went to
Slovakia originally for a trial with Sparta Trnava, he was spotted by FC Neded and has landed a contract.

The former Hibs youth player went to
America and played in a trial match with LA Galaxy, he impressed by scoring two goals.

Rossi's hopes a move to
America went up in smoke due to green card issues.

The teenage forward will be the first Scottish player to play in the Slovakian league.

The Peebles born ex Hibs front man said:

"They are approaching the mid season break in Slovakia, which runs from around November until January, and Trnava wanted me to wait and go back out then when I could play more friendly games.

"As I was about to leave, the manager from another club who had been at the trial match came over and offered me a contract to play for his club. It came totally out of the blue."

"Neded play in the third division but he said he wouldn't stand in my way if bigger clubs came in for me after I started playing for them."

"They made me feel really welcome which is important when you are only 19. They reckon I'll be the first Scottish footballer to have played in the Slovakian league."

"Almost everything is tied up - they have offered me an apartment and are sorting out all the entry requirements for the country. I am really looking forward to playing again."

"LA Galaxy would have been a dream move, but they wanted to put me in their development team which didn't meet with the Green Card requirements. There is still a door open for me in America, but I'll be happy in Slovakia until then."

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