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Former Man City player finds his way in the Norwegian 3rd tier

"Shortly after the trial ended, I was put into contact with Rene and immediately liked the thought of coming to play for Brattvåg," Sam Tattum explained to AS.

Former Man City player finds his way in the Norwegian 3rd tier

He played his last game for Manchester City in 2016. Sam Tattum was released after spending nine years at the club, progressing from the academy to the youth team and then finally to signing a professional contract. His life changed. He had trials at Leeds and he eventually signed for Stalybridge Celtic, but he got injured: "Then I was in the back of an ambulance on my way to hospital and, in the space of three months, I’d gone from Manchester City, where they had the best facilities and the best care possible, to lying in a hospital bed, still in my kit, without a club," said to The Athletic.

More than a year after his injury, he decided to play in Europe. "Through the connections of my very good friend and football coach Dave Williams, I was invited to a trial with Östersunds FK, a Swedish top division side. After the trial ended, the manager, Ian Burchnall, recommended me to Hødd, a notable Norwegian club. I went to train with the team for a week, and shortly after the trial ended, I was put into contact with Rene (Brattvåg manager) and immediately liked the thought of coming to play for Brattvåg," he explained to AS.

In Norway, he has full time professional set up. "It has been great so far, and I am really enjoying my football here, and I hope to repay the club's confidence in me with my performances on the pitch once we return to action. In the back of my mind, I always had a thought that I would like to go and play in another country at some point in my career and it is always easier to make this step when you are younger with less responsibilities. My father always said to me that it would be a great way to improve as a player, testing myself in another country and learning to play the game with different tactics and styles of play."

Sam Tattum training with the squad.

"It’s always difficult to talk about the future, as football is an unforgiving sport and doesn’t often allow you to make your own choices, but I hope I will get the chance to enjoy a successful period in Norway with Brattvåg and that is where my focus is at the moment."