Europa FC today announced the worst kept secret in Gibraltar Premier Division transfer news by confirming the signing of former Lincoln and current Gibraltar International midfielder Liam Walker. The announcement was made at Europa’s press conference. The midfielder played his final game for Lincoln at Celtic Park as the Imps crashed out of the Champions League at the 2nd Round qualifying stage, losing 3-1 on aggregate.
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With the new HGP rules being implemented for the coming season, it was no secret that Europa needed to find some local talent ahead of the new season. They have now landed Gibraltar’s top free agent. With the certain possibility of starts, plus the ambition to continue to challenge for domestic success, Walker joins a Europa side who come fresh out of their Europa League qualifying campaign after also reaching the 2nd qualifying round but ultimately falling 2-0 on aggregate to Swedish side AIK. A club spokesman revealed:
“We have been after Liam for a while. He was the difference between us and Lincoln Red Imps last year. We are in the fourth year of our ten-year plan and it is starting to bear fruit. More players want to join us now”
Europa FC have been heavily criticised by local football fans due to their heavy approach on foreign players with a virtual lack of presence of any local player. The signing of Walker now opens the door to perhaps entice more local players and perhaps change the opinion of local fans. In addition Europa have also signed the following players, where the majority mainly feature in the reserves but some have the calibre to challenge for a first team spot:
Sykes Garro (Lions Gibraltar)
Sean Gilbert (Gibraltar Utd)
Steven Gilbert (Gibraltar Utd)
Aidan Casey (Red Imps)
Stefan Oliva (Red Imps)
Kyan Prescott (Red Imps)
Colin Machin (Mons Calpe)
Kieron Bosano (Mons Calpe)
Ethan Santons (Lynx)
Europa also confirmed today their partnership with Grand Home Care. GHC previously sponsored Mons Calpe but have now ended their partnership with the Premier Division new boys.