The Maple League season is at the halfway point and now fans are starting to know the names of all the imports spending time in Finland this summer. With the Midsummer holiday approaching, these imports will have plenty of time to discover and explore the country of Finland. Cory Magwood of the Seinäjoki Crocodiles has been kind enough to tell me a little bit about his time in Finland so far, as well as his Midsummer plans. Take a look at what he had to say.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
How did you get here? What’s your football journey?
I graduated from Furman University in May 2016 and was invited to rookie mini camp with the Steelers. Completed camp and was spoken highly of by the staff but unfortunately didn’t sign a contract. I continued to train and wait on a call. Coach Vesa contacted me on Europlayers and offered me a contract to play for the Crocodiles. I did some research and saw that the Crocs are a well respected organization in the Maple League who competed for a championship in the previous year so I wanted to be a part of that.
LIFE IN FINLAND
How do you like Finland?
I like Finland, it’s a new experience to me, being that this is my first time leaving the USA. Most of the people here speak and understand English really well, which makes it easy to live here compared to some other places where I heard they don’t speak English much. Seinäjoki is a small town but I’m enjoying my time here so far.
How do you like the Finnish People?
The Finnish people are very quiet and shy. But I’ve learned that they don’t like to do small talk like we do back in USA. I like my teammates. At first they were all quiet and only talked to each other in Finnish but now the more we practice and hangout off the field they’ve began to open up more and are teaching us some basic Finnish and a little bit about Finnish culture.
What is your go to meal in Finland?
Cheeseburger from Hesburger.
What are your Midsummer plans?
I’m not really sure what’s going on for midsummer but I plan to latch on to some of my teammates and go wherever they decide to go for midsummer.
LETS TALK FOOTBALL
What do you see as the end result for the Crocodiles this season?
I hope to see us pile up some wins and earn a spot in the playoffs at the end of the season. I expect to see growth, and for us to have a better second half of the season than we did in the first half of the season.
Individually how do you feel about your performance so far?
I feel like I’ve came out and competed pretty hard this season but I have a lot left in me and I’m going to come back the second half of the season a lot stronger and a lot faster. I plan to make a name for myself in the Maple League this season.
What changes if any do you guys need to make to improve?
Offensively we need to find ways to score points and keep our defense off the field and in our last game we did a good job of moving the ball and scoring points so we will continue to build on that. Defensively we just need to sharpen up on our technique and assignments and learn to play a whole game. This season we’ve come out strong in the 1st half of every game except the Huskies and then in the second half we just die out so we just need to condition ourselves to play a whole 4 quarters with the same intensity.
Name 5 best players in the Maple League.
PLANS AFTER THE SEASON
What’s next for me after the season.
I will return to Greenville, SC rest up for a week or two while I apply for a job as a personal trainer. And then I will resume my training and conditioning and prepare myself to play football in 2018.