PATRICK FINI | DEFENCE

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Tiel, The Netherlands
31.5.1996
6ft 2"
@patrickfini_g

PLAYER BIO

Former Netherlands U19 International who joined the Pitmen on loan from Vanarama National League North side Hereford in November 2021

A tall, adaptable defender who can play at left-back or centre-back, Fini started his career back in the Netherlands with NEC Nijmegen and spent his formative years with the Eredivisie club, joining second-tier side TOP OSS for a spell in 2014 before returning to the NEC and rejoining their U19 side the following season

2016-2017 saw Fini play for the NEC U21 side but made no further progress at the Goffertstadion and left in the summer of 2017 without making a first-team appearance. He had also represented his country at U19 level this season but opted to transfer his allegiance to Togo the following season, the country of his parent's birth

He linked up with fourth-tier side Achilles '29 in July 2017, making thirty appearances for the side and earning himself a move to Germany the following summer to join Uberliga Niederrhein side FC Bocholt for a nominal fee. Once again, he enjoyed a consistent season, making twenty appearances before selecting to return to the Netherlands in June 2019 to join another fourth-tier side, GVVV Unitas

Fini spent two seasons in and out of the Tweede Divisie side, making twenty-six appearances in all competitions in his time at the Sportpark Molenvliet. He elected to try his luck in England at the end of his two-year deal with GVVV and joined Hereford on trial in the summer of 2021

He impressed manager Josh Gowling and his assistant, former Hednesford man Steve Burr, playing against the Pitmen in a pre-season friendly as a triallist and earning himself a deal for the 2021-2022 campaign. He made eleven appearances for the Bulls at the start of the campaign before being loaned to the Pitmen ahead of their Pitching In Southern Premier League Central game at Nuneaton Borough in November 2021