Towards Maple League 2018: A British Lion joins the team

Welcome William Davis!

Helsinki Roosters has signed British defensive back William Davis. A London Blitz player has represented also the national team British Lions.  Davis can play both as cornerback and safety positions. Roosters head coach Juha Hakala welcomes new defensive back to the team.

– William Davis is good athlete and talented DB. He has right attitude and wants to learn and improve his game. He will be great addition to our DB group and due to his size he can play both secondary positions if needed.

Defensive backs coach Pekka Rantala was impressed when first saw William Davis in practice. Rantala is sure Roosters have found one key piece to its defense.

– Kodjo came to Roosters practice in February and right away you could see that he is a fast learner and wants to improve as a football player. Our defensive backfield is really young this year, but our plan is to dominate Maple League and Kodjo can help help us reach that goal. We now have a good mix of speed, experience, youth and confidence.

Here are some quick answers from William Davis:

Could you tell us something about your background and football career and what made you choose American football?

– Fell in love with American football after watching an NCAA game in 2010, but didn’t know it was played in the UK. Only started playing in 2012 when I discovered it was played at university and switched from playing basketball. I played for Kingston University team and then joined London Blitz and have played for them since 2013. I have also been honored to play for the British National Team.

What made you choose Helsinki Roosters for season 2018?

– Roosters is one of the best clubs and football organizations in all of Europe and when Coach Juha spoke to me there was a great connection. I wanted to learn from and play against the best in Europe. The top class coaching and players at the club made the decision a very easy one! I like to thank Coach Juha and the organization for the opportunity.

What are your expectations about the level of play in Maple League?

– Maple League is one of the top leagues in Europe, full of talented coaches and players and I have no doubt this year will be any different. I look forward to great competition and challenges throughout the season.

What are your expectations for the next season?

– Expect massive learning and improvement as a player from the great coaching as well as from the talented veterans at the Roosters and to put in the hard work.  Take each day as it comes and build towards our goals as a team, both on the field and in the community.

Any message to Rooster fans?

– It’ll be a fun and great season! Looking forward to be a part of the #RoostersFamily

Helsinki Roosters warmly welcomes William Davis to Maple League!


Text: Pekka Lylyharju
Photo: Antti Miettinen