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Khamsuk makes a big move into the professional game
Wednesday 11th July 2018 @ 10:16 by Mark Phillip

Hyde United academy product, Big Khamsuk, has moved to Thailand to pursue a career in the professional game.

The midfielder, who became a hit with the Ewen Fields faithful, has signed terms with True Bangkok United.

Big was initially discovered by the club at the age of 13 and subsequently joined the academy, where he went on to develop his technical ability over a seven year period before making himself a permanent fixture in the first team.

Having discovered Big and brought him to the club, academy director Gaz Prendergast said it’s a dream come true to see his efforts rewarded with a professional contract. “It is every semi pro Academy Managers dream to develop players through to professional football” said Gaz.

“It was clear from the beginning that Big had the talent, what we had to do was to make sure he understood this and worked hard to make the most of it. It is great to see him achieve his dream and it is especially pleasing for me because I was the person who first spotted him”.

Big’s pathway into the professional game can be partly attributed to manager Darren Kelly, who gave him the opportunity to play in the first team on a continuous basis.

Big repaid the faith and played an instrumental part in the Tigers’ promotion last season.

Following his move to Thailand, Big thanked the fans for their loyalty and support: “Now that I am officially a signed professional at True Bangkok United, I thought I should write to express my gratitude to all of you at Hyde United who have helped me reach this point in my career.

“It has always been my dream to become a professional footballer and now I have reached that point, I need to thank the people who have helped me get there.

Firstly, the Management Staff at Hyde who allowed me to spend 5+ years with the club, both in the Academy and on to the first team.

“Secondly, the coaching staff who pushed me to become the best I could be and brought me through the Academy into the Reserves and finally the first team.

“Thirdly, all my team mates, who were there beside me in all weather do what we could to progress the teams, eventually gaining promotion last year.

“Finally, all the supporters, who cheered us on no matter the weather and who had songs for many of us. Your support means a great deal to all the players.

“I hope to be able to return one day to see how the club has progressed over the coming years, when I expect you will be a few more divisions up the pyramid.”

Picture: Hyde United