Stevenage footballers enjoy playing FIFA 18 on well-earned day off at GAME

PUBLISHED: 18:09 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:17 02 October 2017

Stevenage FC players Tom Conlon and Alex Samuel with fans at the FIFA 18 launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC players Tom Conlon and Alex Samuel with fans at the FIFA 18 launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

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Stevenage players have been having fun on their day off checking out the new FIFA 18 video game in the town.

Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooTom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Boro’s highly-rated midfielder Tom Conlon was joined by striker Alex Samuel at the popular Stevenage GAME store on Friday.

Stevenage FC player Tom Conlon takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Tom Conlon takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Conlon, 21, part of the team that had made the long trip to Cumbria on Tuesday evening, returning from Carlisle with an impressive 2-0 win under their belts, enjoyed his afternoon off gaming.

Stevenage FC player Tom Conlon takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Tom Conlon takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Speaking to CometSport, Conlon said: “As a big fan of the FIFA series I was more than happy to come down to GAME and try out the new game with our supporters.”

Stevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage are featured in the game again this year, with both Conlon and Samuel available in Ultimate Team and Career Mode, the most played features on the world’s most popular football simulator.

Stevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Conlon’s rating on the game, which is measured out of 99, had dropped from 58 to 57 this year, while Samuel maintained his rating of 56 from last year’s edition of the game.

Stevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

However, while the virtual version of Conlon may have dropped a skill level, real life Conlon had no trouble on the afternoon against fans: “I am a pretty competitive guy so I set out the challenge for any of them to beat me, which I’m pleased to say nobody could!”

Stevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Alex Samuel takes on a fan at FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage fans get the chance to become the manager of the club in the revamped Career Mode feature, handling transfer negotiations, player training and guiding the team up the divisions, maybe even to Champions League success.

Stevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Conlon has recently returned to the Stevenage squad, rejoining the action almost exactly 1 year after he sustained the cruciate knee ligament injury during Boro’s 2-1 win over Luton in August last year. He was an un-used substitute for the first game of the season but had to wait until the 19th August to make his first appearance, coming on in the 80th minute in the 3-1 win over Grimsby, 364 days after the injury.

Stevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC player Tom Conlon celebrates scoring a goal against a fan on FIFA 18 during the launch at GAME. Picture: Danny Loo

Alex Samuel arrived from Swansea on a two year deal in May 2017 and has started two games so far this season after being a regular starter on loan at Newport last term.

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