Squad Profile: Defenders

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Name: Brad Power
Position: Center Back (Vice-Captain)
Age: 24
Squad Number: 6
Appearances: 66
Goals: 8

Brad is another member of the squad into his fourth season with the club. He joined the club in July 2014 in the Second Division, originally as a striker, though he spent most of that season in the UK completing his studies. Manolo was to quick to realise Brad’s potential as a centre back and reconverted Brad to a defender at the start of the 2015/16 season. He quickly came to prominence during the season with commanding performances using both his strength, speed, height and striker’s accumen to good effect. His performances brought him to the attention of the national selectors and though he is still to make his debut he has consistently been called up to the squad.

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Name: Erin Barnett
Position: Centre Back/Full Back
Age: 21
Appearances: 43
Squad Number: 5
International Caps: 11
International U21 Caps: 3
International U19 Caps: 7
Fromer Club: Lions FC

Erin was signed at the start of the 2016/17 season from Lions FC. He is a strong, vocal and commanding centre back that can also fill in at right back if the needs be. He quickly established himself as a regular in United’s line ups last season and proved to be a tough tackler and a nuisance to opposition strikers. He is a regular interantional for Gibraltar and has already earned 7 caps for the national side. Erin starts his second season with the club looking to further cement his reputation as one of the most solid defenders in the league.

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Name: Aymen Mouehli
Position: Centre Back/Defensive Midfielder
Age: 31
Squad Number: 15
Appearances: 42
Former Club: Lions FC

Aymen signed for the club in August 2016 from Lions FC having come into Gibraltar football via Europa FC. Originally of Tunisian nationality Aymen now has local nationality as well. A cultured centre half, Aymen is adept with the ball at his feet but is also a strong and powerful defender by rights. Though last season he was mostly used in midfield Aymen will look to ply hs trade in more natural areas this season. He is tall and commanding in the air and plays football intelligently. He has been in top form during pre-season netting three goals from corners and he is hoping to take this form into the new season.

 

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Name: Steffan Cardona
Position: Centre Back
Age: 25
Squad Number: 33
Appearances: 17
Former Club: Glacis United

Steffan joined the club in July 2015 and though injuries ravaged his season he was able to shore up our defence at crucial times during the season. He signed a three deal at the conclusion of the sesaon and upon completion of his studies last year has returned to the club’s fold. Locally recognised as one of the best ball playing centre backs Steffan brings poise and control that is married to tempered aggression in the tackle. A very welcome reinforcement to the back line.

 

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Name: Andre De Oliviera Silva Farinha
Position: Right Full Back
Age: 19
Squad Number: 23
Appearances: 23
Goals: 1
Former Club: Lusitano de Evora

Andres comes as a very highly rated youngster in Portugese football. A tall yet pacy full back Andres brings raw talent to the pitch. He has settled well since joining in late July and has enjoyed a full pre-season. Andre is a forward thinking wing back but is also a very accomplished defender as well.

 

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Name: Jamie Pratts
Position: Full Back
Age: 28
Squad Number: 22
Appearances: 18

Jamie is a Gibraltar United man through and through. Formed in the club’s youth ranks he was part of the 2nd Division Championship squad. Though he left 11 aside football to play for the club’s FUTSAL team he will now marry those responsibilities with Reserve football this season. His experience will be key in guiding the young players in the squad. A tidy footballer in his own right Jamie can also be back up for the first team if required.

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Name: Tarik El Hlou
Position: Full Back
Age: 19
Squad Number: 32
Appearances: 4
Fromer Club: Lynx FC

Tarik is a young full back that was formed in the youth ranks of Lynx FC. He has signed up as a development player for the Reserve side to gain playing time while training and learning from the more experienced players in the squad. He signed in August 2017.

(Stats correct at time of posting)