Meet the Prospects – David Izinyon
British Players in the CFL Draft

By John Kohl

“I just want to be able to show guys that it honestly doesn’t matter where you start, there’s always a possibility of reaching a higher level.”

We reached out to the British players who have entered the 2020 CFL draft to ask about their journey from playing BAFA and how our CFL partnership has increased opportunities for British athletes to go pro.

David Izinyon played football for the University of Surrey as well as Farnham, London Warriors and NTU. He then took his talents to the GFL before getting the chance to attend the CFL Global Combine.

  • What do you think about BAFA’s partnership with the CFL?

“I think it was a blessing, to be honest. when I saw all the other partnerships happening, I was like wow hold up where’s BAFA in all of this and a couple of weeks later we got the news.”

  •       What would you say to prospective athletes looking to go to the next level?

“Work, Work, work and don’t stop grinding from fully utilizing the offseason to work on speed, power and explosive strength to dominate as much as possible on every play and have a love for the game putting your all into it and never taking plays off, think these things are what scouts saw in me going to the GFL as well as getting the opportunity with the CFL.”

  •       How does it feel to potentially be the first British athlete in the CFL?

“Feels good, I just want to be able to show guys that it honestly doesn’t matter where you start, there’s always a possibility of reaching a higher level. I went from BUCS Division 2 (Surrey Stingers 2012) to a CFL prospect and my love for the game never diminished.”

We wish David all the best with his future endeavours. It looks like he has a bright future waiting for him in the CFL.

Keep an eye out for part two of the series where we speak to Kadel King!

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