New Zealander Matthew Garbet is ready to join Italian club Torino

New Zealander Matthew Garbet is ready to join Italian club Torino

New Zealand may have another footballer playing his game in one of Europe’s top five men’s leagues this season.

What is that It is understood that 19-year-old striker Matthew Garbet is on the cusp of joining Torino in Serie A from Swedish second-tier club Falkenburg FF.

The young Wellington player has been offered a three-year contract and an announcement from Turin appeared to confirm the upcoming deal after he underwent medical tests at the club on Wednesday.

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Maze kicks off New Zealand footballer Matthew Garbet leading to a comical own goal.

No New Zealander has ever played in Serie A, with fierce striker Katie Rudd spending a season with Juventus in 2017, while Nico Kirwan currently plays for Italian third-tier club Padova.

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Born in England, Garbet grew up in Paraparaumu but moved to Wellington when he was twelve to further develop football with Declan Edge at Ole Football Academy.

He reached the Chatham Cup final with Western Suburbs and signed his first professional contract with Valkenburg at the age of 17 after scoring twice in the U-17 World Cup against Angola and Canada.

Matthew Garbet, Wellington footballer.

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Matthew Garbet, Wellington footballer.

Garbett was a member of the OlyWhites team that reached the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Although it was originally called a travel reserve, he started in the last two matches against Romania and Japan.

Coach Danny Hay praised Garbet for his performance in the 0-0 match against Romania, which qualified for the quarter-finals in favor of Ulysses.

“We’ve seen Matt Garbet really grow and develop during our time together, he’s shown a lot of hunger and quality in training, so with a change in training and a bit of an approach we thought he would be a perfect person to join one of those #8 [midfield] “Attitudes,” Hay said, “and I thought he did well.”

Torino was crowned Italian champion seven times, the last of which was in 1976.

Last season he finished 17th in Serie A, barely avoiding relegation.

Torino captain Andrea Belotti was one of the members of the Italian team that won the European Championship.

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