With the season almost back upon us, we took the time to catch up with Gibraltar U21 and Southern Premier League Gosport Borough defender Jack Breed.
Breed only recently came onto the radar of those following the national team, so we asked him to give us a brief overview of his career and how he qualifies for the national side: “I was born in Gibraltar whilst my father was serving there in the Navy. Charlie and Esperanza Flower are my godparents, Charlie is a well known figure in the sporting circles of Gibraltar. I was signed at the beginning of the season by Gosport Borough FC who play in the Southern Premier League (step 7 of English football) so far I’ve played 24 times for them this season. Last season I played in the Wessex Premier League for Whitchurch United along with being part of Gosport Borough’s Academy. in previous years I have been at AFC Bournemouth’s Advance Development Centre and other local clubs in Hampshire.”
His club side, Gosport, have not done well since being relegated from the National League South last season, and are currently battling to avoid back-to-back relegations. Despite this, Breed reckons there’s enough about his team to avoid that: “Yes Gosport have had a very tough season so far but we believe we have enough quality to battle through and avoid relegation, we have a lot of young players like myself (I’m 18) but with the signings of older more experienced players, coupled with the quality we have, we feel it’s only a matter of time before results start to improve.”
The midfielder, who plays a division below current Gibraltar keeper Deren Ibrahim at the age of 18, only recently began his involvement with the national team, and was part of the team who famously beat Macedonia last year. We asked Breed about his time so far with the national team: “It has been a fantastic experience to represent my country. The lads and coaches have welcomed me and that was important. When I made my debut for the Under 21’s against Armenia it was the proudest moment of my life. Playing a part in the victory over Macedonia took that to another level, especially as my Mum and dad had flown to Portugal to watch the match.”
Like the national team, the U21s return to the Victoria in March, with two qualifiers where they should receive the full backing of Gibraltar which will no doubt help them massively. With Breed undoubtedly in contention to feature in those games, Breed is in no doubt about the benefits of the team playing at their true home: “I’m hoping to be selected for the March Under 21 Euro qualifiers as I feel we have a decent chance in these matches. We have a great squad that works hard, has a great team spirit and is backed up by a professional coaching and support set up that really does give us a chance of surprising a few people. The fact the matches will be played in Gibraltar will help, as we know the support will lift us even further.”