Squad Profile: Defenders

 

barnett.jpg

Name: Erin Barnett (Vice Captain)
Position: Centre Back/Full Back
Age: 21
Appearances: 53
Squad Number: 5
International Caps: 13
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 will look to establish himself in Juan Ribas’ plans this season and has a monumental season behind him to build upon.

Mouelhi.jpg

Name: Aymen Mouehli
Position: Centre Back/Defensive Midfielder
Age: 31
Squad Number: 15
Appearances: 50
Goals: 1
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. He is tall and commanding in the air and plays football intelligently. Aymen now qualifies to play for Gibraltar following the change in eligibility rules.

25362d16-8e95-4f9e-878f-efc7ac9ea960

 

Name: Steffan Cardona
Position: Centre Back
Age: 25
Squad Number: 33
Appearances: 18
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. After retuning to the pitch last season a fully fit Steffan is raring to go.

6b3cd9fe-e40e-40db-8977-ae116677734f

Name: David Gomez Prieto.
Position: Defender.
Age: 24
Squad Number: 4
Appearances:
Goals:
Former Club: CD Mostoles

David was formed in the junior ranks of Athletico Madrid turning out for their B team before being moved on to other teams in Segunda B. He joins the club from CD Mostoles and is a ball playing center half that is also strong in the tackle and good in the air.

4693cef8-c436-420d-be10-0525c96bf6c7

Name: Xavier Carmona Velasco
Position: Defender.
Age: 25
Squad Number: 2
Appearances:
Goals:
Former Club: UD Los Barrios

Xavier first started his career in the junior teams of Real Madrid before going pro with Vallalodid and later Cadiz. He spent last season keeping Los Barrios up and is a modern, forward looking full back.

9ec1d039-572d-4a5e-a770-bba801dba985

Name: Guijaro Gonzalo Rodriguez
Position: Defender.
Age: 22
Squad Number: 3
Appearances:
Goals:
Former Club: AD Alcorcon

Gonzalo is a young centre back that joins from AD Alcorcon and turned out for them in the Copa Del Rey last season. Tall and strong he will seek to learn from his more experienced team mates. He will add to the competition for places at the back.

68de3d91-9810-45a7-b632-6e2fe2ea376f

Name: Moises Suarez Burgos
Position: Defender
Age: 18
Squad Number: 12
Appearances:
Goals:
Former Club: Real Balompedica Linense

Moises is a young full back that can also play in midfield. Signed from La Balona he impressed the coaching staff in training. He will add to competition for places and be an understudy for our full backs.

ElHlou.jpg

Name: Tarik El Hlou
Position: Full Back
Age: 19
Squad Number: 32
Appearances: 7
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)