AX is pleased to announce that Hanna Terry has signed with QBIK in Sweden. Terry had a successful combine with AX in Ft. Lauderdale and impressed QBIK Sporting Director Tommy Bang, who has made a habit of picking players from events run by our organization.
“Hanna is a player that always creates chances to score goals. If she doesn’t score, she gives her team-mates the opportunities,” Bang said. “AX has been great in every aspect; from day one at the combines, to the final stages where a contract is signed.”
For Terry, the signing is an opportunity to play in her “second home.” The Swedish-American forward from Northeastern University had played for Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL before announcing the transfer.
“I am so excited about heading overseas and getting the opportunity to play in my ‘second home country’. I have dreamt about playing in Sweden since I was a little girl, so I just feel very lucky to have this amazing opportunity with QBIK,” Terry said.
Terry holds dual citizenship in Sweden and the United States, and has played for the Swedish U-23 team as recently as 2013, where she came on as a substitute in their matchup against the U.S. U-23’s.
The now 25 year old is excited to play in front of the Swedish fans, and called the move “a dream come true.”
“I am really looking forward to completely immersing myself in the Swedish culture, and obviously being able to see all of my friends and family that I don’t get to see that often. I am probably the most excited about becoming familiar with and learning the Swedish style of play and really growing from it,” she said.
Terry thanked AX for their assistance in delivering her this opportunity, and complimented the professionalism of their coaches and organizers.
“The staff was incredibly helpful, not only in initiating the interactions with us and any interested coaches, but following it through to the end and making sure that we were completely in the loop,” she said. “The constant communication and updates were amazing because I could then focus on things like getting ready for the upcoming season.”
She was also quick to acknowledge the challenges of being an American player and trying to break into a European league.
“It can be very difficult sometimes as an American player to break into a European league, so having that one-on-one face time with the attending coaches is amazing. They get to see in person what you can do and your strengths, and I think that nothing really compares to being able to showcase yourself in person.”
QBIK currently sits in the second division of Swedish soccer, but Bang has stated his goal to earn promotion within the next two years. Signing a budding star like Terry is a good way to achieve this.
Terry and QBIK will begin their journey against Hammarby on April 17.