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Towers lose WR to professional contract

WR Frederik Myrup [Photo: Michael Quist]

For the past few years Towers fans have gotten used to seeing jersey #13 in a blur. In the future WR Frederik Myrup will take his playmaking skills and blazing speed to Germany.

The Towers believe that we have the most talented national roster in Denmark. Among these very skilled players, receiver and kick returner Frederik Myrup has made quite a name for himself over the past 2½ seasons.

Thus it should not have been a surprise, when Myrup recently announced to his coaches and teammates that he had made a decision that was as easy as it was tough. He had received a contract offer to play professionally for the Potsdam Royals of the German GFL2 league.

The contract gives Myrup the opportunity to play football in Germany, where football has the longest history of any country in Europe and the highest level. The top teams in the GFL2, the German second division, play at a level that is perhaps even higher than the top teams in Denmark, while the level of play in the eight-team league is more even than in Denmark. This makes every game a must-win game.

As opposed to the Danish 10-game season, the GFL2 plays a 14 game season. Therefore Myrup will join the team in April and stay in Potsdam until the end of the season in September.

What the long term future brings for the 25-year old Myrup still remains to be seen. Despite having played football since he was 15 years old, including being a starter on the Danish National team since 2014 and having played both in high school and college in the USA, Myrup never had his sights set on a professional career. Until now.

“In Europe, a professional football career isn’t something to base your retirement plan on”, Myrup explains and adds “but this opportunity and experience were simply too good to say no to under these circumstances.” Living in Potsdam, Myrup will be a short train ride away from the German capitol city of Berlin, one of the most bustling cities in Europe.

In Potsdam, Myrup will have a QB, who knows where Myrup comes from. Zach Shaw, entering his second season with the Royals, was the starting QB for the Søllerød Gold Diggers a few years back.

Football in Germany is a major sport and the Royals average 1.500 fans in attendance at home games. This has enabled the club to build a strong foundation, which again makes it possible bring in about 10 import players and coaches from both the US and Europe.

Ordinarily, news of players leaving the Towers is not good news. But when the player leaves us for a professional contract the sting is eased somewhat by a sense of pride.

We hope that Myrup will have the time of his life in Potsdam and look forward to welcoming him home to the Towers again one day.

Ten Towers help Denmark beat Poland

Foto: DAFF

Foto: DAFF

The international friendly between Denmark and Poland in Gdansk turned out to be an exciting affair. In the end Denmark won by a score of 37-35.

After setting the tempo early, Denmark fell behind in the second half, but managed a come from behind win in the fourth quarter.

Towers WR Frederik Myrup was named MVP of the game after scoring Denmark’s two first touchdowns; a 50-yard swing pass followed by a 101-yard kick-off return.

In the third quarter WR Aske Troen caught a touchdown pass from QB Kasper Skyum. Being his usual busy self, S Magnus Bitsch blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter and recorded an interception in the third quarter.

We have received a post-game photo of our eight players and two coaches on the national team, courtesy of DAFF.

Pictured from left to right:

Back row: Coach Simon Sonnesen, OL Jens Møller, OL Rasmus Thejl, DB Sverri Finsson, WR Aske Troen, coach Peter Herbild

Front row: QB Kasper Skyum, WR Frederik Myrup, DB Oliver Zacho, S Magnus Bitsch (Captain)

 

Eight Towers selected for Danish National Team

National Team head coach Lars Carlsen has published his 45-man roster for this weekend’s international friendly against Poland. Eight of the names are familiar to Towers fans.

Three defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two wide receivers and a quarterback make up the Towers’ contribution to the Danish squad in Poland:

Aske Troen, WR
Frederik Myrup, WR
Jens Møller, OL
Kasper Skyum, QB
Magnus Bitsch, DB
Oliver Zacho, DB
Rasmus Thejl, OL
Sverri Finsson, DB

Despite being just 25 years old, this season marks OL Jens Møller’s 10th anniversary on the Danish National Team. Since donning the red and white uniform of the U19 National Team for the first time in 2006, Jens has participated in three European championships, one Nordic championship, a four-nation tournament in Italy, a few international friendlies, and now another friendly in Poland.

“It is always a huge experience to have the privilege of playing for the Danish National Team, so I’m very happy every time I’m given the opportunity. Those games are just special,” Jens explains.

The Towers are tied with the Aarhus Tigers for the most players on the National Team roster. To Jens Møller, having seven teammates alongside him on the National Team sends a message: “I find it very positive that the Towers again and again provide so many players to the National Team. It goes to show what kind of program we have here”.

The National Team will take the field in Cetniewo, about 50 kms north of Gdansk, on Saturday, August 6th at 18.00 (6 p.m.) local time. The Danish American Football Federation is currently checking whether the game will be streamed. Check their website for more news.