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Lee set for Estonian adventure

Roger Lee believes joining Tallinna Kalev was the perfect move for him and says he cannot wait to develop his game at the Estonian top-flight club.

The Bermuda defender spent the second half of last season training with Kalev while waiting for international clearance after impressing during a two-week trial.

“Kalev are a club heading in the right direction having been promoted during the 2017 season to the Meistriliiga,” Lee said.

“With new ownership, there are a lot of positive changes being made within the club and I'm looking forward to being a part of it. They have welcomed me with open arms and I feel like it's the perfect move for me at this stage of my career. It's a good group of guys and I can't wait to go back for pre-season and get started.”

Lee is the third Bermudian to sign a professional deal after attending Professional Soccer Consulting showcase events following in the footsteps of Danté Leverock, who played for Narva Trans in Estonia last season, and Willie Clemons who plays for Swedish second-tier outfit Bodens.

“Kalev is a team that has a lot of potential and I believe Roger will do well there,” said Bermuda defender Leverock, who signed for Irish side Sligo Rovers this month.

“It's a great move for him for his first season as a professional and a good chance for him to make his name in the pro game.”

Lee joins Kalev from English non-League side Loughborough Dynamo after catching the eye during a PSC Baltic summer event.

The 27-year-old, who is the son of Somerset Eagles coach Roger Lee, has played for a slew of teams on both sides of the Atlantic, including Bermuda Hogges, Indianapolis Greyhounds, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon Town, Rugby Town, Stamford AFC, Basford United, Corby Town and Stafford Rangers.

“In the summer, I was contacted by PSC director Tom Taylor to take part in a showcase where the participants play against teams in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia,” Lee said. “It was an opportunity I couldn't let slip, so I packed my bags and spent three weeks in Latvia.

“Kalev was one of the teams I played against and I performed well enough to be offered a two-week trial with them.

“They wanted to sign me immediately, but because of the transfer window for international players the paperwork didn't go through.

“The moment of finally putting pen to paper has been a long time coming. I spent the second half of last season training with them every day and on weekends would go to Latvia to play with my agent's [Alex Cekulajevs] club team to keep up my match fitness. I've watched enough games to know it's a league I can be successful in. My expectations are to make a lasting impression and help my team as much as possible.”

Kalev finished eighth in the Estonian Premier Division last season.

On the move: Bermuda defender Roger Lee

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Published December 28, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 27, 2018 at 9:10 pm)

Lee set for Estonian adventure

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