After impressing several teams during the Sweden and Norway Showcase, AX is happy to announce that Scottish defender Gary Cennerazzo has signed with Swedish third division side Melleruds IF.
Gary, who plays as a full back, has experience in various clubs in Scotland and stood out with his performances during the event, capturing the attention of various scouts including Julian Lundburg, who recommended him to Melleruds IF.
Comfortable at both right and left back on his first tour with AX Gary’s commitment and professionalism was evident in all of the showcase games resulting in a contract in Sweden. Having previously played at Spartans, Berwick Rangers, Edinburgh City and Cowdenbeath, the 25-year-old has been given a new lease of life in Sweden and is relishing the challenge to start a new chapter of his professional career.
“I’m thrilled to have signed for a team in Sweden,” he said. “It’s a great country and a massive opportunity to test myself in Europe. I love the culture and the style of football is attractive to me also. I just want to make a name for myself here and continue to grow as a player.
“It was surreal as I had to phone my parents and explain that I wouldn’t be back for three months, but with their support, it was too good to miss.”
“Julian has helped me in terms of organizing things with my new team and he has been a great help and made everything run smooth as possible. I greatly appreciate it. I was surprised at the quality on show. Coming from Scotland, it was interesting to see what the talent was like from America. The exposure was great as we played against some good teams and were really well looked after.
“I really enjoyed it. The coaching was second to none and I have taken in some valuable tips that will stay with me and hopefully improve me as a player going forward. They were enthusiastic, energetic and extremely knowledgeable. It will help improve any player.
“Playing in Europe has always interested me and the opportunity was too good to turn down, getting coached by top coaches and playing in front of more teams and scouts!”
“If you truly believe you can make it as a pro, then go for it. There is not better agency than AX to help you with their contacts, professionalism and expert coaching. I had never done anything like this but I am glad I did and please trust me, it’s worth it. It’s an amazing opportunity and I am very thankful.