The local transfer market has begun in earnest and big spenders Birkirkara have certainly made their mark with their acquisition of Jake Grech from Hamrun Spartans for the reputed price of EUR 120,000. This is reputedly a transfer record for Malta although due to the secretive nature of transfer fees, this cannot be definitely confirmed.
In addition, Birkirkara also transferred Daniel Zerafa to Hamrun in the deal – sources said that an additional value of EUR 20-30,000 was involved since Zerafa, a former Malta U21 player is valued at a considerable price.
Birkirkara also sold Joseph Zerafa, the 29 year old Malta international defender to Valletta as well as goalkeeper Henry Bonello. Sources told this news portal that the Stripes are also looking for other players to strengthen their squad in the hope of being able to compete for the Premier League championship this season after their disappointing showing last season. Birkirkara are also out of the running for European football this season and this has obviously had an effect on their potential finances this season.
Birkirkara also retained the services of Edward Herrera who signed a two year contract whilst Ryan Camenzuli returned from his loan spell with Floriana. Marcelina also returned from loan while Vukanac and Dimitrov were released from the club. Luke Montebello also returned from his loan with Valletta and signed with Birkirkara on a permanent basis.
Jake Grech has had excellent performances last season and has also earned himself international call ups with the Malta U21 squad where he is a regular fixture. Grech featured prominently in Hamrun’s push for promotion from the 2nd and 1st Division in past seasons and has had a good season in the Premier Division which Hamrun returned to after some years in the wilderness.