South African teenager Theodor Beck has joined Danish First Division side Silkeborg IF from Superliga side AGF Aarhus.
The 16-year-old has left his boyhood club whom he joined at the age of 10, six years ago.
Beck was playing for Aarhus’ U17 side before making the switch to the second tier side to continue his development.
Silkeborg was formed in 1917 and was one of the most successful clubs in Denmark in the late 80s and early 90s.
Asked about the decision to move from a top division team to a lower division team, Beck said that the move was motivated by Silkeborg’s development structures and coaching.
“I am happy to be in Silkeborg, they have one of the best development structures in Denmark. This club used to play in the Superliga for a very long time and qualified for European competitions, so they built strong structures for young players. I am happy here and I want to start playing in Silkeborg;” said Beck.
Due to Covid-19, it has been difficult for youth football to be played across the globe with most leagues suspending their programmes for the development teams.
This is something the winger feels has made his start at his new home tricky, but his main focus at the moment is making his debut and starting life with his new teammates.
“This pandemic is tough, but I hope the league will start soon. When the league starts my goals for the season is to help the team with a lot of goals and assists. I just want to help the team to end at the top of the league,” he added.
He will join the club’s U19 development squad as he starts his new life. He has a South African father and a Danish mother. His family relocated to Denmark during apartheid, but they still have relatives in South Africa whom they visit every two years.
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