ELF: Danny Farley leaves Frankfurt Universe for Cologne Centurions

The Cologne Centurions have signed former Carlstad Crusader and University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devil Danny Farley.

The 6’2″, 210 pound Boonton, New Jersey native was set to play for the Frankfurt Universe of the German Football League for the 2021 season but since he lived close Cologne, Farley asked to play for the Centurions.

Although initial social media activity suggested that ELF were “stealing players” from the GFL, both the Universe and Cologne stated that the trade was both amicable and made in good spirits. This was later backed up by ELF commissioner Patrick Esume who added that David Drane, Cologne GM, had approached Frankfurt and was able to find the team a new QB which allowed Farley to play in Cologne.

This past fall, Farley led Carlstad to their ninth Swedish title in 11 years, but first since 2017, in beating the Stockholm Mean Machines 14-12 in the championship game.

He threw for a total of 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.

Before playing for the Crusaders, Farley had spent the previous two seasons playing for the Solingen Paladins in the German Football League 2nd division, GFL2, throwing for a total of 5,310 yards and 48 touchdowns. In 2017, he played four games for the Saarland Hurricanes in the GFL throwing for 718 yards before heading to Finland to finish the season with the Porvoo Butchers. In five games with Porvoo, he tossed nine touchdown passes while throwing for 889 yards.

Farley finished his college career at the University of Wisconsin-Stout after stints with Delaware Valley University and Rhode Island. After college, Farley also played for Jacksonville Sharks (arena football) before heading to Europe.

Farley and the Centurions will join the Frankfurt Galaxy in the south division along with Barcelona Dragons and Stuttgart Surge.

The league is now officially set to kick off on 19th June. 

Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.