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Maidstone United striker Gold Omotayo used to be a goalkeeper with FC Zurich

By Craig Tucker

On-loan Maidstone striker Gold Omotayo started his career as a goalkeeper.

Omotayo was on the books of FC Zurich as a youngster back home in Switzerland.

Impressively, he made the switch and is now a professional footballer in England.

Maidstone United loanee Gold Omotayo Picture: Andy Jones
Maidstone United loanee Gold Omotayo Picture: Andy Jones

He said: "I was a goalkeeper. Actually I thought I was OK but I wanted to be on the field and as a young lad you want to score goals.

"I was around 12 or 13 when I switched.

"When I was playing for fun with my mates I never wanted to go between the posts.

"I had to learn the game and eventually ended up as a striker."

Omotayo harbours dreams of returning to FC Zurich, one of the biggest clubs in Swiss football.

He said: "FC Zurich is brilliant, a big club in Switzerland.

"You never know, maybe I’ll go back one day.

"I would say not now but eventually it would be a dream to play in front of my home fans.

"It’s definitely realistic if I do well over here."

Omotayo is determined to prove himself in English football after a rapid rise to the Football League with Bury.

The 24-year-old only moved to England last season after a successful trial with Whitehawk, then in National South.

He scored 11 goals in 16 games, attracting interest from the Shakers.

Gold Omotayo used to be a goalkeeper Picture: Andy Jones
Gold Omotayo used to be a goalkeeper Picture: Andy Jones

They took him on trial over the summer and he scored an 89th-minute winner on his debut against Yeovil.

That came on the opening day of the League 2 season but after seven games without a goal, he joined Maidstone on loan for a month.

Omotayo said: "It was a dream to play in the Football League and when I had the chance to go on trial at Bury I thought I need to give my best and luckily it paid off.

"I came on in the first game, against Yeovil, and scored the winner and I was buzzing after that.

"But league football is different to non-league and it was tough for me to get in the team.

"It's still really physical but it's much quicker and really technical and tactical.

"I think it’s good to get some game time and Maidstone is a good team.

"I heard there was some interest from other clubs as well but I thought it would be best to come down to Maidstone."

Maidstone faced competition from National League rivals to land Omotayo, who made his debut against Bromley last weekend.

He's ready to make an impact at the Gallagher.

He said: "I want to score as many goals as I can and get some minutes in my legs.

"I want to get sharper, get fitter and get the details right, and then after one month we go from there."

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