Jurgen Degabriele has made over 100 appearances for Maltese giants Hibernians, scoring over 35 goals in the process. With two full national team caps to his name, the 21-year-old has impressed since he first broke onto the Maltese football scene in 2013.
Degabriele, who has two Maltese Premier League titles to his name has exclusively spoken to MalteseFootball.com about his career and what’s next for the striker.
Malta’s Under 21 side faced Hungary last Friday with Degabriele playing almost the whole game before being replaced by Zach Brincat in the 94th minute. Malta won the game 2-1 with a 90th-minute goal from Rangers’ youngster Myles Beerman.
Speaking about Friday’s game and what it’s like to play for his country the Hibernian striker said: “It’s been a very long journey with the under 21 side. I’ve been here before and have had a really nice time. Obviously, it was a nice feeling to bring back the three points against Hungary.
“We were unlucky against them last year where we lost in the 92nd minute but it was a really positive performance and we deserved to win the game this time around.”
With the young forward already breaking onto the international scene, his next goal is to get a transfer abroad having already had trials at Italian clubs, U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918 and Calcio Padova as a teenager.
He spoke about his ambitions claiming a move abroad is his number one priority in his career: “I have made over 100 appearances for Hibernians which has had a positive influence on my development, especially in terms of the confidence I have to play my game. The next level I want to reach in my career is to play for my country at senior level on a regular basis but I would say to play abroad is my number one priority in the future.”
Degabriele has scored three goals in six games this season, the forward scored 11 league goals last year picking up four assists. Hibernians currently sit fifth in the BOV Premier League, winning four of their opening six fixtures.