Will Hughes makes Premier League move to Watford

Platinum One client Will Hughes has today completed a permanent transfer to Premier League side Watford from Derby County. The 22-year-old has joined the Hornets after an undisclosed fee and sell-on agreement was reached by the two clubs. The England Under-21 international made 187 appearances for the Rams after making his debut as a 16-year-old…

Productive International week for #TeamPO clients

It was a busy international week for Platinum One clients, with Ryan Fraser, Kevin Long and Ezri Konsa all appearing for their national sides in the past few days. AFC Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser capped off what has been an excellent season, by making his competitive debut for Scotland during their enthralling 2-2 draw with England…

Oztumer and Stevens named in PFA Teams of the Year

Platinum One players Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) and Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) have been selected by their fellow professionals for this season’s PFA Teams of the Year. Erhun, who joined Walsall from Peterborough United in the summer, has enjoyed a tremendous season with Jon Whitney’s side, scoring 14 goals in League One, including two wonder-strikes against Bolton…

Watkins and Stevens claim EFL Awards

Platinum One players Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) and Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) were on the list of winners at Sunday night’s EFL Awards, with Watkins claiming the coveted EFL Young Player of the Season award, and Stevens being included in the EFL Team of the Season. Ollie has spearheaded the Grecians’ promotion charge this season, finding…

NBA Stars call for social change

Platinum One admires the leadership of NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James for addressing police gun violence at this year’s ESPY Awards. The four NBA superstars used tonight’s platform to promote social change and urge their fellow athletes to be socially active in inspiring change within our country. Carmelo Anthony…

When your high becomes your low: Life as a young footballer

By Rory Kelly (for alustforlife.com) I sat in the empty changing room. My kit was soaked through, boots and all. My body was aching like never before and there was a dull pain in my head. Exhausted, I tried to drag myself into the shower just so it would speed up the process of leaving….

Listen: Graham Barrett on the future of Irish football

Listen to Platinum One’s Head of Football – Ireland, Graham Barrett, speak to RTÉ 2fm’s ‘Game On’ panel about the future of Irish football (8 March 2016). Barrett aired his deep concern at the developmental process in this country in a column for The Irish Times on Tuesday, highlighting issues he believes will leave Ireland in…

The time for action in Irish football is now

By Platinum One Head of Football – Ireland – Graham Barrett As featured in The Irish Times – 3 March 2016 Like the rest of the country this summer, my whole life will revolve around willing a very special group of management and playing staff – whom embody all that is so very magical about…

Emergence of ‘new’ leagues worrying for current giants

Platinum One CEO Fintan Drury discusses the emergence of China, UAE and USA within the ‘global game’… I had lunch today with a friend who owns a bookshop and who has a good interest in sport. Like most of us who grew up with Best, Law, Charlton, Giles et al.he followed football since he was…

A Tribute to Don Howe

By Platinum One General Manager, Andrew Douglas… This post comes minutes after the sad news of Don Howe’s passing. I felt compelled to write some words to honour and respect a man who was not only a true gentleman, but also in my eyes a footballing visionary who was tactically and psychologically ahead of most….