With our next set of women’s combines right around the corner, we reached our to Head Coach of IR Reykjavik Gudmundur Gudjonsson who will be travelling to California and Florida this December in search of players for the 2018 season. Gudmundur is no stranger to the quality of players on show at PSC events, he signed standout central defender Mykaylin Rosenquist from our 2016 San Diego combine for the 2017 season.
Here’s what he had to say about the upcoming events…
What qualities and skills do you look for when signing a player?
I look for a player that will make my team better than it was before. A player that makes the team better and the teammates better. Player that is willing to work hard on and of pitch, has great ambitions for success for herself and for the team the player plays in.
How would you describe the style of play of your team?
My team wants to play in high tempo all around the pitch. Want to press in the right places on the pitch and attack fast against the opponents.
*What sort of life can players expect, both on and off the field, upon moving to Iceland? *
Players can expect to explore great adventures in Iceland. Iceland is a very popular place for tourists to visit and famous for its unique landscape and beautiful nature. Icelandic football has been progressing very fast in the last years both in men´s and women´s section. Iceland has qualified for the world cup 2018 in men´s competition and Iceland women’s team just recently beat Germany in their World Cup qualifying group (Germany are Olympic champions and many times world champions in women’s football). Players who play in Iceland can expect good company with local players and good football as well. In Iceland, we have good teams and good coaches who all are aiming at the same goal – Getting better today than we were yesterday.
You signed 2016 San Diego combine attendee Mykaylin Rosenquist following a recommendation from Simon Deeley. How has she progressed during her time with the club? *
Mykaylin blended in great with the players of the club, and the staff.
Everyone liked her and she seemed to like everyone as well. She came here open minded and willing to do as well as she could for the team and for the other players in the team. She got a lot of friends in the team and the local girls showed her a lot of Iceland.
*Finally, what advice would you offer to player’s attending the upcoming PSC combines? *
Work hard as you can. Always. Not just in this combine but everywhere you play and train – Success costs a lot of hard work. Coaches notice a player that is willing to work hard to achieve their goals. Play simple football. The best players is not necessarily the player that does a lot of difficult stuff on the pitch. Usually, the best player is the one who does the simple thing best.