The White Hart London Road are happy to announce the signing of their new midfield playmaker Mr Steve Valitelli Berry, for a club record fee of 25.
Mr Berry's contract will begin on July 1st when his current contract expires.
Both club and player are pleased to have come to an agreement after weeks of talks.
The deal was finalised by scout and club player Andy Williams who this season has a long list of sucessful signings. Saying "We are pleased to finally secure the signature of Steve Berry after following his progress for most of the season. We had to fight off a string of clubs to sign him, but after several meetings with the player both parties are happy to be able to start work together, we look forward to the player starting his career with the club on the 1st July".
PLAYER PROFILE
NAME:
STEVEN VALITELLI BERRY
AGE:
29
NATIONALITY:
ITALY / UK
POSITION:
MIDFIELD PLAYMAKER / SUPPORTING ATTACKER
PREVIOUS CLUBS:
TORINO YOUTH, HAROCILINA, CILLONIO (ALL ITALY), SUTTON UTD, ST ALBANS & COBHAM.
HONOURS:
YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP, SOUTHERN ITALIAN SENIOR CUP WINNER (X2), SOUTHERN ITALIAN 1ST GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP, ITALIAN DISTRICT NATIONAL LEAGUE WINNER (X3).
FAV FOOD:
PASTA AND TOMATO
FAV DRINK:
RED WINE
FAV FILM:
THE GODFATHER
FAV ACTOR OR ACTRESS:
ROBERT DE NIRO
FAV CURRENT PLAYER:
DEL PIERO
Well once everything died down from the Press Conference, Andy Williams caught up with The Hart's exciting new signing. And as an exclusive for the website gave us his first interview as a White Hart player.
AW: WELL IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU FINALLY HERE
SB: IT'S GREAT TO HAVE FINALLY SIGNED. AFTER THE WEEKS OF TRYING TO KEEP THE DEAL QUIET, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE THE WHOLE THING OVER WITH. NOW I CAN LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING MY FOOTBALL HERE.
AW: SO YOU BEGAN YOUR CAREER IN ITALY.
SB: YES THIS IS TRUE. THAT IS WHERE I GREW UP. FOOTBALL BECAME A WAY OUT FOR ME. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WHERE I GREW UP WAS A ROUGH ONE. MOST OF THE CHILDREN THERE, THEY TURN TO THE CRIME. BUT CRIME IT DOES NOT PAY. I LEARNT THAT THE HARD WAY. I MYSELF WAS CAUGHT UP IN IT. BEFORE THE FOOTBALL I WAS IN TROUBLE WITH THE POLICE ALL THE TIME. SILLY LITTLE THINGS LIKE, MUGGING THE OLD LADIES, TAKING THE CAR STEREO'S. BREAKING AND ENTERING. MURDER. BUT AT THE AGE OF 9 I MANAGED TO GET OUT OF IT AND STARTED TO PLAY THE FOOTBALL.
AW: AND IT WAS TORINO WHO GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST BREAK.
SB: THIS IS RIGHT YES. I WAS SPOTTED IN THE PARK PLAYING WITH A THE BALL, PLAYING HOW YOU SAY KEEP UP? WELL I WAS ASKED TO GO ALONG AND HAVE A TRIAL. I DID WELL AND SCORED IN A PRACTICE GAME. WITHIN A MONTH THEY A SIGNED ME UP.
AW: AND FROM THERE YOUR CAREER WENT FROM GOOD TO BETTER?
SB: NO NO NO, IT WAS NOT A THAT EASY. I AGAIN FELL IN WITH THE WRONG CROWD. BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS IN TOO DEEP. I WOULD BE THROWING THE MATCH AND NOT GIVING IT 100%. THAT WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY CONTRACT KILLINGS AND BEATINGS. I WILL NEVER AGAIN GET FRIENDLY WITH  ANY CLUB'S BOARD.
AW: IS THAT WHY YOU MOVED ON?
SB: SI, I WAS STILL DOING WELL WITH THE FOOTBALL. WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHILE I WAS A YOUTH PLAYER THERE BUT I WAS NOW ON THE RUN AND HAD TO MOVE. SO I SIGNED FOR A TEAM IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY CALLED HAROCILINA.
AW: WERE YOU ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS WITH YOUR NEW CLUB?
SB: SI, IN A WAY. I WAS NO LONGER CAUGHT UP IN THE KILLINGS. I CAN STILL SMELL A THE BLOOD NOW AND THEN. BUT THINGS THEY WENT A WELL FOR ME. MY FOOTBALL IT IMPROVED AND I WAS PLAYING WELL. PEOPLE WERE STARTING TO NOTICE ME. THE LOCAL PRESS WAS MY BEST FRIEND ALL OF A SUDDEN
I WAS THEIR GOLDEN BOY. THEIR HERO. THE TEAM WAS PLAYING WELL AND I WAS THE CREATOR. BUT IT ALL GOT TOO MUCH FOR ME. WOMEN WOULD THROW THEMSELVES AT ME. I WOULD END UP IN NIGHT CLUBS. NEVER SPENDING MY MONEY. THE OWNERS, THEY WANTED ME TO BE IN THEIR CLUBS. I WAS YOUNG AND ENJOYING THE ATTENTION. BUT SOON IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL. I WOULD TURN UP FOR GAMES STILL HOW YOU SAY, BOLLOCKED. IT AFFECTED MY GAME. THIS MADE ME DEPRESSED. AND THAT JUST MADE ME DRINK. BEFORE LONG I WAS ON THE SLOPE DOWN AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE.
AW: DID YOU FEEL THIS WAS THE END?
SB: SI, I WOULD GO DAYS WITHOUT GOING TRAINING, LOOKING INTO MY EMPTY GLASS. BUT ONE DAY I MET THIS MAN IN A BAR. HE SHOWED ME THE WAY, AND THAT WAS WHEN I FOUND GOD.
AW: AND THAT HELPED YOU COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE?
SB: THIS IS CORRECT SI. BUT I HAD TO MOVE ON. HAROCILINA HAD BEEN GOOD TO ME BUT I HAD MISTREATED THEIR LOYALTY TOO MANY TIMES. IT HAD STILL BEEN A GOOD TIME THERE WINNING THE ITALIAN SENIOR CUP FOR OUR REGION AND THE 1ST GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP.
AW: AND SO YOU JOINED CILLONIO. HAD YOU NOW LEFT YOUR NEW PROBLEMS BEHIND?
SB: FOR A WHILE SI, BUT I WAS FACED WITH NEW ONES NOW. CILLONIO WERE A SMALLER CLUB AND THE MONEY IT WAS NOT THAT GOOD. I HAD THE BILLS TO PAY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. BUT I WAS NOT MAKING THE MONEY. MY FOOTBALL IT WAS GOOD. BUT AFTER THE PROBLEMS I HAD AT HAROCILINA NO BIGGER TEAMS WOULD TOUCH ME.
AW: HOW DID YOU END UP SURVIVING?
SB: IT WAS NOT EASY. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING. SO I TURNED TO THE PORN INDUSTRY. I STARTED TO MAKE THE MUKKY MOVIES. YOU KNOW THE KIND OF THING. I WAS FIT AND HAD A GREAT BODY, THE MONEY IT WAS GOOD. BUT IT EFFECTED MY FOOTBALL. WHERE THE BOSS TOLD US WE COULD
NOT MAKE A THE LOVE BEFORE A GAME I WAS LOOSING WORK MAKING THE FILMS. THIS AFFECTED MY FOOTBALL SOME MORE. I BECAME A WORRIED MAN AGAIN. MY FAITH IN GOD WAS NOT AS STRONG ANYMORE. THE CURCH WAS NO HELP TO ME AND I TURNED MY BACK ON THE LORD AND STARTED TO WORSHIP THE DRINK AGAIN.
AW: WERE YOU NOW AT THE LOWEST POINT IN YOUR LIFE.?
SB: I THINK SO. I NO LONGER WANTED TO PLAY THE FOOTBALL AND I WAS NOW ADDICTED TO THE DRINK. AND OF COURSE DRINKING SO MUCH MEANT I COULD NOT GET IT UP IN THE MOVIES. I LOST THE JOB AND WAS BACK WHERE I STARTED. I WAS A LUCKY MAN YOU COULD SAY, THAT MY SKILLS ON THE PITCH WERE SO GREAT THAT EVEN A WASHED UP ME WAS STILL THE BEST AROUND. I KEPT WINNING THINGS AND HELPED MAKE THAT TEAM THE BEST CILLONIO HAD EVER HAD. WE WON THE DOUBLE AND ANOTHER CUP THE YEAR AFTER. BUT MY BODY IT WAS SAYING ENOUGH NOW. I WAS STILL YOUNG BUT I WAS OLD INSIDE. I HAD TO FIND AN ANSWER BEFORE I WAS FINISHED.
AW: DID YOU FIND THE ANSWER?
SB: SI, DRUGS. A MAN HE OVER HEARD ME IN A BAR ONE NIGHT. I WAS SAYING HOW I COULD NO LONGER PERFORM ON THE PITCH OR FOR THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES. HE CAME UP TO ME AND OFFERED
ME SOMETHING TO MAKE ME FEEL BRIGHTER AND SHARPER. I WAS STILL YOU AND BY NOW I WAS DESPERATE TO GET BACK TO THE LIFE I ONCE HAD. SO I TOOK IT. I FELT GREAT AND HAD THE GAME AND SEX OF MY LIFE THE NEXT DAY. SO OF COURSE I WENT BACK FOR MORE. AT LAST I WAS PLAYING THE FOOTBALL THE WAY MY FANS KNEW I COULD.
AW: YOU WERE NOW ON THE UP, BUT WERE YOU NOT WORRIED ABOUT GETTING CAUGHT?
SB: OF COURSE I WAS. I AM NOT A CHEAT YOU KNOW. BUT I FELT SURE THAT I NEVER WOULD GET CAUGHT. NOT ONLY WAS I NOW ADDICTED TO THESE DRUGS BUT I WAS NOW INVOLVED IN SELLING THEM. BY THE END OF THE SEASON THE WHOLE TEAM WAS TAKING THEM AND WE WERE UNSTOPPABLE AS A TEAM. WE WON THE LOT.
AW: HOW COULD YOU BE SO CONFIDENT THAT YOU WOULD NEVER GET CAUGHT THOUGH?
SB: BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPLYING ME WERE PART OF ONE OF THE BIG FAMILIES IN ITALY IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. THEY RAN THE GAME IN THOSE DAYS. BUT AFTER A SEASON OF THIS, THE POLICE THEY RAIDED THE CLUB AND SHUT US DOWN. NOT EVEN THE FAMILY COULD STOP IT. SO THERE I WAS WITHOUT A CLUB, AND I NOW HAD A DRUG PROBLEM. I ONLY HAD THE ONE CHOICE.
AW: AND THAT IS WHEN YOU CAME TO ENGLAND.
SB: SI, I HAD NO OTHER CHOICES. NO OTHER CLUBS IN ITALY WOULD TAKE A CHANCE ON ME NOW. SO I CAME TO WORK HERE. AND IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE I START TO PLAY THE FOOTBALL FOR SUTTON UTD. I WAS THEIR FIRST OVER SEA'S PLAYER AND I TOOK THE CLUB BY STORM. THEY LOVED ME. I SHOW THEM THE DAZZLING SKILLS AND THE ITALIAN CHARM AND THEY LOVED ME FOR IT. THESE WERE CRAZY TIMES.
AW: WERE YOU NOW OVER ALL YOUR ADDICTIONS?
SB: I THOUGHT I WAS, BUT YOU NEVER ARE REALLY. ALL THE ATTENTION I WAS GETTING FROM THE BORED HOUSEWIFES IN SUTTON WAS A BIG TEMPTATION AND I GAVE IN. IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE I HAD A ROTA GOING. ONE A DAY FOR FIVE DAYS A WEEK. IT WAS TAKING IT OUT OF ME. BUT THAT WAS NOT THE PROBLEM. AFTER NINE OR SO MONTHS SOME OF THE PLAYERS WIVES WERE GIVING BIRTH.
AND I WAS BEING BLAMED FOR THIS MAD BABY EXPLOSION. AGAIN I HAD TO MOVE ON.
AW: WHICH IS WHEN YOU MOVED TO ST ALBANS?
SB: THIS IS RIGHT SI, IT WAS A MOVE THAT DID NOT REALLY WORK OUT FOR ME. THERE WERE NO PUBS, CLUBS OR LOOSE WOMEN. AND BEFORE LONG I WAS FINDING MYSELF SPENDING TIME PLAYING THE FOOTBALL. IT WAS IMPROVING MY GAME AND I WAS CALLED UP TO JOIN THE ITALIAN SEMI PRO B TEAM BUT I WAS NOT HAPPY.
AW: WHICH IS WHEN YOU MADE YOU MOVE AGAIN?
SB: YOU ARE RIGHT SI, I HAD TO GET AWAY SO I JOINED COBHAM. IT WAS A SMALLER CLUB BUT NO ONE
KNEW OF MY PROBLEMS. I SETTLED WELL AND KNUCKLED DOWN TO THE FOOTBALL. I WAS STILL THE PLAYER I HAD ALWAYS BEEN AND DID WELL FOR THEM. THE ITALIAN SEMI PRO TEAM KEPT THEIR EYES ON ME AND I KEPT MY PLACE IN THE SQUAD. I MANAGED TO WHITTLE MY PROBLEMS DOWN AND GOT HELP. IT HAS WORKED AND I AM A NEW MAN. I FEEL I HAVE ANOTHER 10 YEARS LEFT IN ME. I ONLY HAVE THE WOMEN IF THEY ARE SINGLE NOW, AND DRINK IS NOW DOWN TO NORMAL. THE DRUG PROBLEM, WELL ONE STEP AT A TIME EH. COBHAM WAS A GOOD MOVE FOR ME. BUT I WANTED TO IMPROVE MORE. SO I MADE MY FINAL MOVE. AND I COULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN A BIGGER CLUB TO JOIN THAN THE HART.
AW: WELL WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE SECURED YOUR SERVICES FOR THE NEXT SEASON. AND I HOPE WE GET TO SEE SOME OF THAT SKILL THAT HAS MADE YOU THE GREAT PLAYER YOU ARE TODAY. THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING TO US.
Valitelli Berry