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Erik Paartalu
Personal information
Full name Erik Endel Paartalu
Date of birth 3 May 1986 (1986-05-03) (age 23)
Place of birth    Sydney, Australia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defensive central Midfielder
Club information
Current club Greenock Morton
Youth career
Northern Spirit
NSWIS
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2003–2004
2004
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008
2008–2010
2010–
Northern Spirit
Northern Tigers
Parramatta Eagles
Gretna
Stirling Albion (loan)
Greenock Morton
Brisbane Roar
001 0(0)
017 0(4)

035 0(4)
010 0(1)
050 0(6)
000 0(0)   
National team2
2003 Australia U-17 002 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:54, 31 January 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Erik Endel Paartalu (born 3 May 1986, in Sydney) is an Australian footballer of Estonian descent, set to move to Brisbane Roar, after signing a three year deal from Scottish First Division team Greenock Morton in February 2010.

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Club career

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NSL

Paartalu began his career with Northern Spirit in the National Soccer League, after stints with the Spirit youth team and the New South Wales Institute of Sport. His NSL career at the Spirit was however limited to a single appearance as a substitute on 11 January 2004 against the Melbourne Knights.[1]

After the dissolution of the Northern Spirit, Paartalu moved to the Northern Tigers in the New South Wales Winter Super League where he played 17 matches scoring four goals in the 2004 season.[2]

During 2004 Paartalu moved to the Parramatta Eagles who were then playing in the New South Wales Premier League. He continued with the Eagles until the latter half of the 2006 season, before he decided to take his chances on a career in the United Kingdom.

Scotland

After a trial with Doncaster in League One it was expected he would sign a contract until the departure of manager Dave Penney put an end to the deal.[3] Arriving at Gretna in September Paartalu was signed on a short term contract after a trial. A number of impressive performances led to a two and a half year contract being signed in January 2007. He was made redundant along with several other players in March 2008.

Paartalu joined Stirling Albion on 1 January 2008 on a loan deal from Gretna until the end of the 2007/2008 season.[4] Paartalu made his debut for the Binos against Hamilton Academical F.C. on 5 January 2008 at New Douglas Park.[5]

Paartalu joined Greenock Morton on 29 March 2008[6] after being released by SPL side Gretna due to them entering administration.[7]

After helping Morton stay in the First Division, Paartalu signed a two-year deal at the end of April 2008 to keep him at Cappielow until 2010.[8]

In August 2009, Morton tried to move Paartalu on to Chester City where he would be re-united with former coach Mick Wadsworth. This was unsuccessful despite Morton's willingness to contribute to his wages at the Deva Stadium, due to Paartalu's unwillingness to relocate to Chester.[9]

Back to Australia

With his contract at Morton running out in the summer, Paartalu signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar on 24 February 2010.[10]

References

  1. ^ "2003/2004 NSL Season details". RSSF.com. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesa/aus04.html. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "OzFootball Australian Player Database". OzFootball. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Players/P/PA.html. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Roo Erik bouncing as he lines up new deal". News and Star. 12 December 2006. http://www3.newsandstar.co.uk/unknown/viewarticle.aspx?id=444887. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Stirling in bold move for McCann". The Scotsman. http://sport.scotsman.com/spl?articleid=3631514. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Stirling Albion.com Match Report". Robin Bairner, stirlingalbion.com reporter. http://www.stirlingalbion.com/Hamilton050108.html. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Paartalu completes Morton switch". BBC Sport. 3 April. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/morton/7324998.stm. Retrieved 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gretna make 22 players redundant". BBC Sport. 3 April. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/g/gretna/7312756.stm. Retrieved 2008. 
  8. ^ "Paartalu signs new deal at Morton". BBC Sport. 30 April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/morton/7376564.stm. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Chester City FC: Blues sign Lewis Alessandra but miss out on Erik Paartalu". Chester Chronicle. 20 August 2009. http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-city-fc/chester-city-fc-news/2009/08/20/chester-city-fc-blues-sign-lewis-alessandra-but-miss-out-on-erik-paartalu-59067-24487495/. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Erik Paartalu signs for Brisbane". brisbaneroar.com.au. 24 February 2010. http://www.brisbaneroar.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=32791. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 

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