Seymour signs pro deal in Portugal

Caymanian footballer Elijah Seymour has signed a professional contract with Portuguese side União da Madeira.

Seymour, 20, inked the deal last week, which sees him become the second Caymanian to be playing professionally in Portugal along with Sebastian Martinez, who is under contract with Associação Académica de Coimbra.

União da Madeira is a third-tier league in Portugal and represents a significant step for the young Caymanian, who had been accepted into Brunel University in London to begin a BSc in Sports Health and Business Management this fall, but decided to defer and give his football dream another year.

Seymour, who has represented the Cayman Islands at the U20 level, grew up in the Academy Sports Club Programme before moving to England at age 15 after he was scouted by London’s Barnet FC during an Excel Sports Management (ESM) England tour. He was released from Barnet FC at age 18, and spent the following year in London playing with Wingate and Finchley; a semi-professional team.

He moved to Jamaica to train in June 2018, which led to an opportunity in Malta, where he spent 8 weeks on trial before being offered a contract with a Malta Premier League team in September but declined.

An opportunity in Portugal came up through Elijah’s father, Virgil Seymour, the director of ESM Ltd. The younger Seymour arrived in Funchal, Madeira in early October 2018 for a six-week trial and was offered a one-year contract.

Seymour’s father was on hand as he inked the deal.

Having been relegated from the second tier LigaPro last season, União da Madeira are currently focused on rebuilding their team in hopes of returning quickly to the LigaPro.

According to a post on ESM’s Facebook page, Seymour said he was extremely grateful to Filipe Silva, President of União da Madeira for this opportunity and looks forward to playing and making a contribution to the team’s objectives.

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