PETALING JAYA: Even though his stay with top Serbian club Crvena Zvezda or better known as Red Star Belgrade was short-lived, Adam Hamid (pic) is not giving up on his European dream.
The 19-year-old leftback has now signed for second division FK IMT and is currently in their Under-19 squad.
Despite not making the grade after his six-month trial with Crvena, Adam is adamant to stay on in the country.
“It has been my goal to play in Europe since I was very young... since I was 14 in England. From the start of my stint in Serbia, my objective was to secure a contract with one of their clubs, ” said Adam.
“Their games are well structured and expansive. Although the population is only seven million, they have three major leagues plus there’s the zonal and district leagues with hundreds of teams.
“Despite the pandemic, training and league games are still held although without spectators.
“I received an offer from FK IMT in mid-November and started training before spring.
“Despite playing in the lower league, it is a great opportunity to get more game time to showcase my talent and build confidence.”
The club were founded in 1953 and are currently sixth in the 18-team Prva Liga standings.
“Although FK IMT are a small club, their facilities are good and training sessions thus far have been great.
“I’m very pleased at how well I’ve settled in. After six months in the country, communication is not much of an issue.
“I would love to be given the opportunity to continue playing here but only time will tell.
“Being consistent in training and during matches is important. Each training session presents a chance for a player to be selected for match day.”
Adam added that he has been playing regularly for the Under-19 squad and hopes to ultimately find himself in the first team.