Colchester Gladiators are proud to announce that offensive lineman Ethan Hackett has signed for Hildesheim Invaders in the German Football League.
Hackett, who joined the club in 2017, caught the eye of Hildesheim coach Matt Lefever. Lefever explained his outlook for the upcoming season to Ethan, who was delighted to sign his first semi-pro deal with the German outfit.
Ethan has only been playing American football for 4 years since taking up the sport at the age of 18 after a recommendation by his family’s American relations, instantly falling in love with the sport and showing natural aptitude for it. His play has gone from strength to strength each season. David Crane, the Gladiators chairman and fellow lineman in the trenches with Ethan, said, “I’m excited to see such a great guy like Ethan get the chance he deserves. Ethan’s game came on leaps and bounds and playing next to him has been great fun! I expect him to do very well in Germany.”
Former Gladiators head coach, Luke Box, who also previously worked with Hackett during his time playing for Ipswich, had further praise for Ethan regarding his determination as well as his skill, saying, “Ethan has all the attributes to become a great offensive lineman. He has the size, toughness and quickness to succeed but, most importantly, the desire to be better. Luckily for Ethan, he joined a very experienced and knowledgeable offensive line that was happy to nurture their new team mate. He was a pleasure to coach.”
All of us at the Gladiators are delighted for Ethan and are looking forward to watching his exploits in Europe. He is obviously hungry for success and we wish him all the best with his new club, but in our eyes Ethan will always be a Gladiator!
The Gladiators get their regular season underway this week with our opening home game against Cambridge Cats. Kick off is at 2:30pm at the club’s home ground of the Corporal Budd V.C. Gymnasium. Refreshments etc. as always will be available. The club would be delighted to see you all there as we kickoff 2019!
Article Written by Michael Drury
Photograph by John Singer
Essex’s highest ranking and most successful American Football team kicks off our pre-season programme with an open try-out at Chelmsford’s Chancellor Park starting 10:30 on Saturday November 17th.
Test yourself at a variety of skills and challenges designed to give you a taste of what our sport is all about and see if you have what it takes to play with the best Essex has to offer!
Warm Sportswear and boots suitable for an artificial surface are all you’ll need as we put you through your paces on Chancellor Park’s new 3g pitch.
These sessions will be followed in the coming weeks with more specialised try-outs at our Colchester HQ the Corporal Budd V.C. Gymnasium as we get more involved with offensive, defensive, and special teams play to help you find the position perfect for you!
These sessions aren’t just for those new to the sport…..OH NO!
Players and Coaches with experience at any level of the sport are very welcome. So come knock off some of that old rust and get stuck back into the trenches!
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