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Neptunes duo Alec Fenech and Sam Gialanze to join Montenegro’s PVK Jadran

Sam Gialanze will spend his second season at PVK Jadran. Photo: Timmy Cotugno

The exodus of Maltese players heading to foreign teams to continue their waterpolo education is set to continue in the coming days when two young Neptunes players, Alec Fenech and Sam Gialanze, will be heading to Montenegro to join PVK Jadran.

Fenech and Gialanze will be travelling to Montenegro in the coming days where they will be forming part of the club’s youth selection for the next nine months.

At PVK Jadran, Fenech and Gialanze will be teaming up with their fellow Neptunes team-mate Jake Muscat who has now established himself with the club’s first team.

For Gialanze this will be his second experience at PVK Jadran as last year he has also spent the winter season with the Montenegrin giants.

National team coach Karl Izzo, who is also Malta’s ambassador for Montenegro, played a key role so that these young players will spend the next months at the former Yugoslavia Republic.

“I am very pleased to see that another two promising players are going to spend the next few months in a top club like Jadran,” Izzo told the Times of Malta.

“We enjoy a very good relationship with PVC Jadran, particularly with coach Vlado Gojkovic with whom I discussed how we can take more players at their club. For us, the more we have young waterpolo players training there is of great benefit as it will help us to build a strong base for the national team in the future.

“PVK Jadran enjoy a professional set-up at the club and boast top-quality coaches so hopefully it will help these young players continue to develop.”

The arrival of Gialanze and Fenech at Jadran brings the number of young Maltese players in Montenegro to five as Stefano Fava, who is on the books of Birżebbuġa ASC, has agreed to join Budva while Jake Bonavia will spend his second season at VK Primorac Kotor.

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