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📝 Dino Visser: "My first impressions are that it’s a really amazing club."

City's new goalkeeper on life at Exeter so far

18 October 2019

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New Exeter City goalkeeper Dino Visser says that he’s delighted to have joined the Grecians, and that the family-feel around the club has eased his welcome into the team.

Dino firstly spoke a bit about himself, and said: “I’m from South Africa, 30 years old, goalkeeper. I’ve played most of my career back home in the last 12 years with quite a number of clubs. I had an opportunity to come abroad this year, had one or two clubs who were interested, and now I’m fortunately enough to have arrived at Exeter City.”

In terms of his first impressions, the goalkeeper said that he’s delighted to be here and that he’s enjoyed his start.

“My first impressions are that it’s a really amazing club,” he said. “I can see why they’ve done so well over the last three/four seasons, always gunning to get into League One. It’s a tight-knit group, it seems like it’s a big family which has been really nice, and it’s been really ease for me to just fall into the ways of the team. I’ve been thoroughly impressed and super excited to be here. Life in England is pretty good! A lot better than the reputation is like back home, I haven’t really had any bad days and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

“I’ve come in with the attitude that I just want to give my very best, do the best I possibly can for the club, on and off the field, and obtain the goal that the team has set out to achieve and that’s to win games.”

The South African boasts an interesting past, and most notably came up against the England national team in a pre-World Cup warm up game back in 2010.

He said: “I guess as a South African boy growing up I was always watching the Premier League, it’s the best league in the world, and to have the opportunity to play against some of the greatest that have ever donned the English jersey was pretty special. I really enjoyed the outing, really enjoyed the game, I couldn’t enjoy it too much as at the end of the day you are a professional and you need to go and do the business on the field but it was a really good experience.”

Dino also added that he has a good relationship with his counterpart Jon Maxted, and praised him for his performances since he’s come into the line-up.

“It’s been really good so far, a lot of good banter,” said Dino. “He seems like a really nice guy, credit to him he’s done really well in the last couple of games which is never easy as he wasn’t playing regularly. From one goalkeeper to another I know that’s never really easy, but he’s done fantastically well and he’s welcomed me and been really good to me thus far.”

The goalkeeper was lastly asked about whether he looks up to any goalkeepers in particular, yet he was keen to stress that he doesn’t solely admire one; instead he appreciates different aspects from different goalkeepers in the world and imprints it onto his own game.

“I don’t have an all-time favourite,” he commented. “I like to pick bits and pieces from everybody. But Oblak, De Gea, there’s too many to mention and each has a different attribute that stands out. There’s not one specific that I worship or idol, I like to take bits and pieces and form it into my own persona and what makes me, me!”


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