Zack Scerri isn’t your usual footballer, the 22-year-old balances his playing career with his day job as a Banker at the Bank of Valletta.
The midfielder started his football career with Hibernians before joining Gżira United on a permanent deal in July 2018. Scerri had previously experienced two loan spells at United, initially joining the club 2016.
Speaking about his time with Gżira, Scerri explained how he feels at home with the club: “I’ve been with Gżira for the past three years now and I can say that they have been three great years. I feel very comfortable at the club as we are growing year on year.”
The 22-year-old continued by discussing United’s recent success which saw them qualify for a UEFA competition for the first time since the 1973–74 season.
“Last season we managed to finish third which meant that we got to play in the Europa League,” said Scerri.
“It was a great experience for me to play in those games. We first played against Sant Julia from Andorra, where we won 4-1 on aggregate. It was a dream for the club to pass through the preliminary round as it had never happened before.
“In the second round, we played against Serbian side FK Radnički Niš. They were a very strong side who beat us in both legs to eliminate us. It was a great experience to play in front of a huge crowd. I believe that both games against Saint Julia and RFK Radnički Nišught taught me a lot.”
As well as playing in the UEFA Europa League, the defensive midfielder has also featured against Fiorentina in the Visit Malta Tournament.
Speaking about the experience, Scerri explained how he took the opportunity with both hands to learn and improve: “Playing against such a great team like Fiorentina is a big experience as we are talking about a top team in Italy.
“Playing against players such as Marko Pjaca, Kevin Mirallas, Jordan Veretout, Cristiano Biraghi and others was a great opportunity for me to learn from them.”
The Malta U21 international discussed his life away from the football pitch explaining how he works as a banker.
“I work as a banker as well as playing football and to be honest it is quite easy to balance the pair out as the working hours of the bank don’t interfere with the hours of football,” explained Scerri.
“Since I was young I always showed interest in the bank. I also studied banking at college.”
When asked about potentially turning professional in the future and leaving his career in finance behind, Scerri said: “Without a doubt, I would take the opportunity if it comes.
“For me, football isn’t just a hobby, it’s my life. I have always dreamt and wished that someday I would be a professional footballer. Having said that, I hope that one day my dream will become true.”
The 22-year-old finished by thanking former Gzira United boss Darren Abdilla for his efforts over the last three years following his resignation at the start of the month.
“Obviously, at first it wasn’t good news but it isn’t my job to judge if it was the right decision or not. I would like to thank coach Darren [Abdilla] for the last three years because I have learned a lot from him.
“Now we have to look forward together with coach Jesmond [Zerafa] and try to reach our targets.”