Šiauliai Gintra, which is still actively forming the line-up for the upcoming season, has invited another football player from the United States of America (USA). The Lithuanian champion club has signed a contract with 22-year-old defender Renee Guion until the end of the season.
The 178 cm tall athletic left-footed footballer should make his debut in the semi-finals of the Winter Cup tournament, which will take place this weekend, against the Vilnius MFA “Žalgiris-MRU” team.
Guion graduated from Clemson University last year. In the NCAA Student Football League, the defender was a prominent figure, having been voted in the top 30 of the league’s top players since last season. Clemson, the captain of the Tigers University team, started all matches in the starting lineup, finished with 1 goal in her record.
The American, who was born in Houston and later moved to the state of North Carolina, came to Šiauliai with high personal and team ambitions, but does not hide that he knew minimally about Lithuania.
“This is my first trip to Europe, so I had to get acquainted with the map and find out more about Lithuania. I’ve never been anywhere outside the U.S. so far, so it’s a big challenge for me. Gintra became the first stop of my professional career. I hope to get to know your country and culture as soon as possible, get used to the unusual weather conditions and successfully join the training process”, – said the player who recently joined the team.
When asked about her French-speaking surname, the defender smiled and said that the question was quite common in her life, but said she had not found any close roots in analyzing the genealogical family tree in the European country.
“My parents told me that our roots are very far away in France, but it is not a period of once or twice. I tried to analyze my family tree, I was interested in getting French citizenship. We are from a fairly large family, so the connections are far enough. We do not have any familiar relatives with whom we have had contact in this country, so I finished my analysis of the roots”, – said the American.
The athlete, who grew up in a family of six kids, is not the only family member to love football, but is the first to go abroad to play so far.
“I have three younger sisters and two older brothers. They have all played more or less actively, and some are still playing football. I came to my first football training when I was five years old. Football has always been an important part of my life. Representing the university, I realized that I can pursue bigger goals, connect the future with the game professionally”.
Speaking about the goals of this season, R. Guion did not want to anticipate events and said that it is first important to find his place in the team, to know the system applied by the coach.
“I don’t want to share loud phrases as soon as I arrive, because everything has to be proven by hard work. I am waiting for my debut in the team, I hope that it will be successful, and during the whole season the most important thing is to avoid injuries, maintain optimal sports form and achieve as many victories as possible”, – said the newcomer.