The twinkling star didn’t get a contract – so he made an unconventional choice

The twinkling star didn't get a contract - so he made an unconventional choice
  • Bodo/Glimt is chasing a place in the Champions League on Wednesday. You can watch Dinamo Zagreb – Bodø / Glimt on TV 2 from 8:30 pm. Match start 21.00.

Isak Helstad Amundsen had a guilty run with Bodø/Glimt this year.

In the absence of injured Brady Moe, the 22-year-old really stood out at the center of Ketel Knutsen’s men’s defense – and when Glimt searches for a place in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night in a crucial away game against Dinamo Zagreb, the light slot will have a very central role.

– If we could do that, it would be completely shameless. It’s the Champions League you’ve always dreamed of. You’ve trained for the Champions League ball at home in Brønüsund and dreamed away, Isak Hellstad Amundsen tells TV 2.

BIG GAME: Isak Hellstad Amundsen caused havoc in the first match against Dinamo Zagreb. Photo: Mats Torbersen

Few would have thought a few years ago that Helstad Amundsen would play such an important role in what could become a historic event in Glimt.

I didn’t get a contract

In the summer of 2018, Helstad Amundsen himself called Bodo/Glimt and asked if he could show himself. He was allowed to do so, but mainly with the club’s B team. With Team A, he had a few sporadic opportunities.

But six months later, Bodø/Glimt wasn’t convinced enough to award Helstad Amundsen a professional contract ahead of the 2019 season.

Rather than give up on Glimt’s dream, Hilstad Amundsen made a choice he could be happy with today: he continued training with Bodø/Glimt’s B team – who then played in the third division – hoping one day. pay off.

On the eve of the season, he received the message he had hoped for: from January 2020, he will be allowed to prove himself in the first team.

– I had the opportunity to participate in the preliminary round, and then I entered against Sparta Braha in a training match. All goes well. Then I finally got a contract, says Hellstad Amundsen.

Did you ever think that this wouldn’t work?

– No, I don’t really have it. I’ve been believing in him all along, says Helstad Amundsen.

High international level

A strong belief in himself and a fierce will to coach: After loaning Tromsø last year, this year he is back at Bodø/Glimt where both injuries – and his own performances – mean he is currently a key player for a team chasing the Champions League group stage.

– Isaac at his best now is at a fairly high international level. But then he has a number of not good stages. Coach Kjetil Knutsen says he hasn’t been fully trained, but he’s taken great strides and made a very impressive development at Glimt.

Hellstad Amundsen may have to pinch his arm a little now and then. When he was 18 years old, he played football in the fourth division for Brønnøysund. Dinamo Zagreb awaits on Wednesday.

– There are some inconsistencies, yes. It’s a rather cool story, which shows that you don’t have to come from an academy and the like to take the lead. Even if you visited the B team or played in the fourth division when you were 18, you can still make the move, says Helstad Amundsen.

What do you think is your success factor?

– I guess it has to do with the fact that I’ve been serious since I was very young. It has always been at the bottom. He says I probably received a lot of good instructions.

Because even though Glimt’s new shooting star had faced some tribulations all along, he had never given up.

– Although I did not always receive the signals I wanted, I was a believer. I stood up for my position and knew what was good for me. Then I’m pretty sure things will work out, as long as you do the work, says Isaac Hellstad Amundsen.

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