Biggleswade United swoop for Norwegian TV star
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 February 2017
Biggleswade United's ambitious plans have taken another step forward with the signing of a Norwegian striker Simen Moller - famous in his home country as a television football commentator.
However, this is not the equivalent of signing John Motson or Barry Davies; Moller can play a bit too.
He grabbed 40 goals in his last 58 games for Norwegian second division side Kjelsas before deciding to retire to concentrate on his media career.
He has been coaxed out of retirement by the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side’s director of football, Guillem Balague, who met him while on a TV assignment in Norway.
Balague explained: “I do a lot of work for Norwegian TV on the Premier League. During a long train journey between Oslo and Bergen I had the opportunity to ask him if he had ever fancied playing football in England.
“Obviously we are not in a position to pay our players at the present time so I suggested a mutually beneficial arrangement between us whereby he would get a television documentary, experience of English football, plus a working knowledge of how things work on English television, while we would enjoy the talents of a striker who quite clearly knows where the goal is.”
Things snowballed from there and during his stay in England, he will get work experience with Talksport radio, the Independent newspaper and also Sky Sports.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to bring someone of the quality and class of Simen to our little club,” added Balague.
“More than anything else I want to bring that kind of experience and level to the club so our local boys can benefit from it.
“But everybody wins, including Top Eleven our fantastic sponsors who are constantly looking to up the profile of the club all over the world.”
The 28-year-old will arrive at the beginning of March and play for the club until the end of the season.
Among the players who have played for the club are former Chelsea and Espanyol midfielder Quique de Lucas and Sergio Urbano, the former Barcelona B midfielder.