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Zambú CFS Pinatar Secures Oceania’s Futsal Star: Hamish Grey Joins the Squad
The New Zealand international wing-defender becomes the latest signing for the Pinatar-based team. Hamish Grey (06/04/2002, New Zealand) is now part of the Zambú CFS Pinatar squad, providing the Group V leader of Segunda División B with New Zealand quality and talent until the end of the season.
Grey spent four years playing for Auckland City FC Futsal in his home country’s Premier Division. There, he clinched the league championship twice in 2018 and 2020, earning the title of the best young player in the latter year. In addition, the 2018 title secured his club’s qualification for the 2019 OFC Futsal Champions League, the premier club competition in Oceania. In this tournament, Grey achieved a commendable third place and scored two goals in the bronze medal match.
Subsequently, the young ‘kiwi’ headed to Spain, where he played in the Youth Honor Division with Penya Esplugues, scoring six goals in six matches during the 20/21 season. Later, he made the jump to the Spanish Third Division with AE Xarxa Horta, adding seven more goals to his tally.
In the past season, Hamish made history by becoming New Zealand’s first professional futsal player, signing with ASD Isola 5 in the Italian Serie B. There, he contributed another eight goals to his scoring record.
Parallel to his club career, the 21-year-old has already become an international player for New Zealand. He made his debut in September 2022 and has since become a regular in the ‘kiwi’ squad. In 2022, he was also called up to compete in the FISU World University Futsal Championship in Portugal. With the senior team, he has scored six goals in the twelve international appearances, including several in the 2022 and 2023 OFC Futsal Nations Cup, where they emerged as champions on both occasions.
In 2022, they claimed the title in Fiji by defeating Solomon Islands 6-2 in the final, marking the first time the Futsal Whites won the Oceania continental title. If 2022 was special, 2023 was even more remarkable. As hosts, the New Zealanders once again became champions by beating Tahiti 5-0. With this victory, Hamish and his teammates made history by qualifying New Zealand for the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the first time, which takes place this year in Uzbekistan.
Now, Zambú CFS Pinatar boasts a young yet experienced player in its roster who will bring his quality and talent to the court to contribute to the goal of promotion to Segunda División. Additionally, he will have a subsidiary role and may assist the Pinatar-based second team in the Third Division, if necessary.
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