Brazil, Croatia, Denmark and Northern Ireland – four countries where Brazilian-born winger Renato de Vecchi plied his trade before becoming the first-ever player placed by PSC in Australia.
The 29-year-old’s journey is perhaps testament to the fact that a career in soccer can be as unpredictable as it is rewarding: he now finds himself playing the beautiful game in one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and is at the centre of one of PSC’s landmark deals.
De Vecchi joined National Premier Leagues Tasmania reigning champions South Hobert FC back in March, after Australian-based PSC Player Recruiter Andy Brennan had facilitated the move.
“It’s a signing that stands as further proof that PSC’s relationships in Australia are continuing to grow,” said Brennan, when reflecting on de Vecchi’s deal.
Indeed, de Vecchi’s signing was preceded by Australian full-back Connor Kass making the move away from his home country to become a part of PSC’s California-based UPSL Programme.
Subsequently, Kass took part in two of PSC’s combine events, and signed with Lithuanian Division 1 outfit FK Utenis Utena, after trials with USL side Richmond Kickers and Lithuanian premier division club FK Kauno Žalgiris.
As PSC continue to establish and improve relationships with clubs around the globe, success stories like de Vecchi and Kass’ continue to occur. The duo are among the 60+ PSC success stories recorded in 2018, and with over six months of the calendar year remaining, it looks set to be the company’s most successful year to date.
“It brings me great pleasure knowing that the process within PSC is working, allowing players opportunities to succeed all around the world,” said PSC Director Tom Taylor.
“I’m delighted to see our players finding success in Australia, and also leaving Australia to find success in Europe and the States.
“We’re looking forward to facilitating more deals both in and out of Australia in the future,” concluded Taylor.
Furthermore, both de Vecchi and Kass have taken full advantage of their opportunities. De Vecchi’s hat-trick and man-of-the-match performance helped South Hobart reach the Lakoseljac Cup semi-final last month, meaning the club are now just two victories away from qualifying for the prestigious FFA Cup.
Meanwhile, Kass has helped Utenis Utena begin their league campaign in fine form – the club sit in second place after six games, and are mounting an early-season push for promotion into the Lithuanian premier division.
All of the staff here at PSC wish Renato and Connor the very best of luck this season.
PSC will be on the lookout for players capable of playing at the professional level during six combine events across the States this June and July. Be sure to visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.
This article was written by Joe Angove – a sports journalist currently working with PSC. Joe’s work has been published and broadcasted by The Independent, the BBC, Goal.com and Plymouth Argyle FC, among other news outlets and sports clubs.