This Sunday (21st May), EA Sports’ FIFA players Kearan Gibbs and John Ward will be representing Clyde in the inaugural eScottish Cup tournament at Hampden Park.
The Bully Wee have been drawn in Group C, alongside Airdrieonians, Dundee, Dundee United, Hibernian and University of Stirling. The event will be streamed live on Twitch with the winners receiving a prize pool of £50,000.
Kearan is 22-years-old and was born with no hands. He will start the competition by playing in kick off mode. He spoke to the official website and offered an insight into the application process:-
“I applied via the VFL Discord as I wanted to test my ability and this would’ve given me the opportunity to do so. I was then approached by Clyde, who invited me to play a few trial games and after I showcased my skills to them, they wanted me on board.”
Kearan was previously FUT verified, before they changed the FUT Champions system, however he has achieved 20-0s on numerous occasions ever since. On his excitement ahead of the event, he continued:-
“I’m looking forward to the event and I am ready for the challenge ahead. I believe in me and my team mate’s abilities, so it should be a good event for all involved. Come on The Bully Wee!”
Meanwhile, John will be participating on the Ultimate FUT Team. The 25-year-old detailed why he decided to apply for an opportunity to represent the Club:-
“I applied once I saw the advertisement on VFL. I often play pro clubs with friends on the site and when the message came through, I thought it was great opportunity to play in a competitive tournament for an established club. So, I made contact to express my interest and why I believed I would be a good fit.”
John is an experienced player and last year reached a dramatic ePremier League Final with Crystal Palace F.C. He provided his thoughts ahead of the competition and admitted his hopes to progress to the knockout stage. He explained-:
“I would like to make it to the knockout stage at a minimum and take it game by game from there. It would be amazing to do well and build a relationship with Clyde for all future events.
“I am feeling excited and proud. I am spending as much time on the game as I can to be prepared. The opportunity to finally play at a LAN event for Clyde has me buzzing, it is a real privilege and I can’t wait to test myself against some of the best.”
Liam King is the event organiser and has been supporting the players ahead of their debut at the National Stadium. A Clyde supporter, he is a former FIFA professional and was sought out by the club to assist in the recruitment process. He said:-
“I reached out to a friend of mine who is the owner of VFL, one of the most popular leagues and he posted a message advertising for players to represent the club.
“We had around 80-100 people applying to play for Clyde, the majority of which being on a high level. I manually reviewed the applications down to around 10 people, at which point I played each of them myself and John and Kearan were the two players who impressed the most.”
Everyone associated with Clyde FC extends their warmest wishes and best of luck to Kearan and John for the tournament.