Pieta Hotspurs reject Balzan’s offer for Terence Agius

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 17:18

• Pieta Hotspurs president, Joe Sammut, has said midfielder is not for sale

Terence Agius: Target for Balzan FC

Terence Agius: Target for Balzan FC

Pieta Hotspurs firmly twice rejected Balzan FC offer for youngster Terence Agius and reiterated their intention to hold talks with the Malta under 21 international over a new long-term contract after he arrive for international duty. Pieta Hotspurs president Joe Sammut, made it clear last week the club have no intention of selling Terence Agius.

Agius enjoyed an exceptional season at Pieta Hotspurs, which culminated in him winning the under 15 and 17 player of the year award in the last three years and catching the eye of a number of clubs, including Vittoriosa Stars last year.

A Pieta Hotspurs spokesman confirmed with the portal: “We have received an offer from Balzan FC and this has been firmly rejected. We plan to sit down with Terence Agius after the under 21 commitments to agree a new, long-term deal and this remains our position.”

Balzan FC, however, are unlikely to be deterred. Riccardo Tumiatti, the club’s football coach alongside Silvan Ciscaldi, has long admired Agius qualities. Riccardo Tumiatti identified Terence Agius as one of the club’s main targets along with Justin Grioli.

Pieta are expected to adopt a much more circumspect approach in the market, with Pieta Hotspurs president Joe Sammut is more focus to bid for a promotion after two unsuccesful bids, as the club would be extremely reluctant to cash in on Agius after lost Zach Muscat to Birkirkara last season. New coach Noel Coleiro regards Terence Agius as instrumental to his future plans and Samut has also spoken of the importance of retaining one of Maltese football’s brightest young talents.

Balzan will be expected to test that resolve severely over the coming days and weeks. Pieta Hotspurs were forced to cave in last year when Birkirkara relentlessly pursued Zack Muscat, although the Stripes were helped on that occasion when the player eventually pushed for a transfer. There is no suggestion that Terence Agius will do likewise at Pieta, with sources close to the player saying he will leave the decision in the hands of his club despite the prospect of playing top flight football.

Agius is known to feel a debt of gratitude to Pieta Hotspurs for the perseverance the club showed when they gave him the debut at the age of just 16 years. He also recognises the part the club has played in his remarkable development over the last 24 months.

Terence Agius has since gone on to become a regular in the Malta youths set-up.

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