Locals Abroad: Louis Parral

Introducing a new monthly series called “Locals Abroad” where we speak to Gibraltarians about playing football outside of Gibraltar and everything that goes with it.

Parral spoke to FG about how his move to Dunston UTS FC, who currently ply their trade in the Northern Premier League Division One North West – “After two consecutive years with Lions, I knew I wanted to continue my development in the UK at the highest possible level whilst I studied. I had a few contacts and they put me through to various clubs in the North East. Dunston invited me to trial with the first team and after 3 or 4 sessions they were impressed and decided they wanted to sign me.”

We asked Parral how he has settled at Dunston, “The club has been very welcoming and I couldn’t ask for more, the chairman, manager and players and all members throughout the club have been brilliant in helping me settle quickly.

With the UK entering a National Lockdown, we asked Parral how Covid has impacted his league – “We were the first league in the tiered pyramid to have games stopped. We were top of the league when it was paused and we hope to pick up where we left off come on the 5th of December. Training continued up until the National lockdown was announced so I flew to Gibraltar where I could stay with my family and keep fit over here.”

Louis made 20 appearances last season, at the age of 17 years old – we asked the Gibraltar U19 international, to sum up, his time at Lions, “I always enjoyed my time at Lions. I owe a lot to Ferri who put faith in me and all members involved in the club who always treated me as their own. Before the season was called off I was coming off the bench regularly getting good minutes, but covid put a stop to it, so I was disappointed in that sense. However, being young in a competitive squad at Lions has helped me take that confidence over to Dunston, where the competition for places is nothing new to me.”

Lastly, we asked Louis what he hopes to achieve this season – “I’d really like to break into the Dunston team this season and help them in any way I can. I also want to keep developing and take all I can from the players within the team who have plenty of experience at this level. I’m driven to play a part in the push for promotion and on a personal level get called up for the Gibraltar U21 national team.”