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Sam Magri joined Havant and Waterlooville in July 2019 after the expiration of his contract with Ebbsfleet United.
Magri is a Maltese International and has played in big qualifying matches against the likes of England, Scotland, Slovenia and Slovakia during Malta’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and has amassed seven caps for the nation and counting.
The Portsmouth born player has had an outstanding International career up to date. He played in his youth for the England Under 16, 17 and 18 squads, with Magri playing in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2011.
In 2015 he acquired a Maltese passport after finding out he was eligible to play for the Mediterranean nation due to his grandfather. He first was called up to the Under-21’s squad for a fixture against Belgium before playing for the full side.
His club career start at Portsmouth, where he flourished as a youth player before signing a contract with the club. In 2012, he had a trial at Liverpool before returning to Pompey. He made his first team debut in August 2012 in a League Cup tie away to Plymouth Argyle.
Magri then moved from Fratton Park to Loftus Road to join Queens Park Rangers who were enjoying life in the Premier League. A lack of game time in the first team saw him sent out to his first and only loan move of his career when he joined Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town in 2014.
He was released by Rangers that summer, before signing terms with Crystal Palace, where he stood out and was brought into the Under 21 squad, before leaving the club the following summer.
Without much first team football under his belt, Magri made the move to Dover Athletic of The National League where he would enjoy a spell of success. In two years at the Kent club he made 86 appearances, scoring the solitary goal against Barrow in February 2016.
Magri would spend one more season at Crabble before departing the club in 2017, to move across Kent to play for Ebbsfleet United who had just been promoted into The National League.
He spent two seasons at Stonebridge Road and enjoyed success during his time with the Fleet. His first season saw Ebbsfleet make the play-offs in The National League, where they beat Aldershot Town on penalty kicks in the quarter finals.
They then made the trip to Tranmere Rovers in the semi-finals where their Football League charge came to an end after losing 4-2 in extra time.
The following season the Fleet almost backed that success up with a late surge for the line, but were pipped to the post by Eastleigh, who’s late spurt of their own saw them clinch seventh.
Magri left that summer to join Havant and Waterlooville.