After two weeks of negotiation, Will Daniels has officially signed with Grindavik of the Icelandic first division. Grindavik is a club that has spent 17 of its past 21 seasons in Iceland’s top flight, before being relegated to the first division in 2012.
After missing promotion last season, the club is doubling its efforts in 2016 to get back to the Premier League, and that means bringing in one of the top goal scorers from the second division last season.
“I’m happy, and relieved. The stress is off because now it’s final and I can worry about football now,” Will told SoccerViza.
In 18 games last season, a campaign limited due to a minor knee injury, Will scored 12 goals, leading his team and finishing third in the league. With Aegir, Will adjusted to the Icelandic game and got his feet under him to make his mark in 2016.
“Aegir prepared me in a way that reading and watching tapes can’t. I really learned about Icelandic football and how they play here. I know how the coaches like things done, and I think it got me mentally ready with what I need to do to prepare for this season.”
Now that the paperwork is behind him, Will has turned his sights forward to getting the season underway with Grindavik. Having passed his physical and completed his first full training session with the club, it’s business. With his first Cup game on Friday against Haukur, Will will be able to test his mettle against first division competition for the first time, before the team goes to Spain for their final pre-season camp.
“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the rest of the league looks like in terms of talent, the skillsets of first division players, and seeing the tactics that other teams have. I know the play will be faster, and I’m looking forward to my gelling with my new teammates to get adjusted to that. The team seems really good so far, so I’m excited to see how things turn out.”
In going up a level in play, there are new personal goals. Staying fit for the whole season as at the top of his list, followed by the desire to take the lead in