Ex-Red seals Finland switch
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: September 13, 2012 10:42pm
Steven Irwin: Joined Finnish outfit FF Jaro on a free transfer
Former Liverpool youngster Steven Irwin has joined Finnish outfit FF Jaro on a free transfer.
The former Reds reserves skipper left Anfield last summer before playing in Holland for Telstar, but departed in November for personal reasons.
However, the 21-year-old's adviser, Ryan Badu, told skysports.com that Finland should be the perfect platform for the highly-rated midfielder.
"Steve has had the best footballing education possible and now he just needs a stage to showcase his talent," said Badu.
"Scandinavia should be perfect for him because there's no language barrier and he will be able to face decent international players in a competitive league."
Irwin joins a side struggling to avoid relegation from the Finnish top-flight, with FF Jaro anchored to the bottom of the table, two points adrift with five games to go and he hopes to make an immediate impact.
"Wherever and whenever I play I always play to win and coming to Finland is no different for me," noted Irwin.
"I hope to play as best I can and help the team as many games as possible and hopefully we can do well on the back of that.
"I'm excited to be in Finland and at a club like FF Jaro and hopefully I can repay the faith shown in me by producing on the pitch.
"I knew a few players from Finland whilst I was at Liverpool, with obviously Sami Hyypia and also Lauri Dalle Valle, who is at Fulham now, and they spoke volumes about the game over here, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge."