According to Huskies.fi, GB Lions and London Warriors starting QB, and #BNAs2016 Player of the Year, Jerome Allen, will not be returning for the London Warriors this summer as he instead heads to Finland to play for the Hameenlinna Huskies – Allen’s first foray into semi-pro balling in Europe.
HOWEVER, even as we were writing this article, news has broken that due to their intended Head Coach for the upcoming season cancelling his contract with the Huskies and the subsequent termination of a number of key players, the Huskies have withdrawn from the Maple League for 2018.
As such, might Allen return for the Warriors this season? DC have reached out to the Britballer for comment.
The announcement and apparent departure of their starting QB follows on the back of a number of key retirements and departures from the Warriors this offseason. Alongside a number of other starters heading to ply their trade in Europe this summer following the Warriors success finishing second in the NEFL last year, there was also the news that OL Coach Gav Collins has had to step away, and lynchpin lineman for both the Warriors and GB, Kevin Keohane will not return this year.
With the Warriors missing out on a Britbowl appearance for the first time in more than half a decade last summer, it certainly looks like this season will represent a changing of the guard for the Programme that has dominated Britball in recent years!
Allen has already arrived in Finland to join the Huskies for their training camp ahead of the Maple League kicking off.
Allen spoke with Huskies.fi:
Have you played abroad before?
“This will be my first year as an import playing in Europe, I have played 2 years of JUCO football in California, and played the CEFL last year with the London Warriors, the same competition as the Roosters.”
Your thoughts about the Huskies and Maple League?
“My thoughts on the Maple League are that it is one of the best Leagues in Europe right now, and I’m excited to be part of it. I’ve heard only good things about the team from the few GB guys that you already have at the Huskies. ”
Any pressure to succeed as a Euro import vs. US QB’s?
“I guess there is that added pressure on being a EU QB import compared to a US but only the kind of pressure that I will only thrive on. I will not be the only one, I hear Porvoo Butchers are going with the Finnish National Team QB as well. ”
What are your best qualities as a QB?
“I think my QB is my football IQ, where I have to go with the ball on every play, different schemes against different coverages and fronts, I can make the most throw on the football field and am a fairly good athlete but I think it’s my reading of the game that would be my strongest trait. ”
Personal goals and team goals?
“Personal goal is just to put my best foot forward every game, and help my team win football games. I think the obvious goal is to lead this Husky team to the Maple Bowl but we need to trust in the process and take 1 game at a time. ”
– Jerome Allen