ELF: Hamburg Sea Devils sign British lineman Keanu Ebanks

The Hamburg Sea Devils of the European League of Football have agreed to terms with veteran British offensive lineman Keanu Ebanks.

Ebanks most recently played in 2020 for the Stockholm Mean Machines in the Swedish Superserien, helping them reach that country’s championship game. The proven European veteran is excited to add his name to a long list of talent joining Europe’s newest league:

“The ELF looks like it’s going to be biggest and most talent driven league in Europe. I chose Hamburg because I knew about the history of the teams here and their fans. Also, I believe in the coaching staff and the guys we have here are straight dogs. I’m excited to be part of something new that can push European football forward.”

The 6’6″, 300 pound, 27-year-old Leeds native spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons playing in Germany as a member of the Hildesheim Invaders.. With the Invaders, Ebanks transitioned from a physical defensive end to a nimble offensive tackle. His massive size and quick feet caught the eyes of North American scouts as Ebanks was invited to the 2019 NFL International Player Pathway Combine in Cologne, before participating in the CFL Global Combines in 2020 and 2021. The Englishman first started playing football the University of Hull where he quickly fell in love with the game and became team captain and eventually president.

Read more about Keanu Ebanks football journey here.

About the ELF

The European League of Football, ELF, kicks off  June 19, and will wind up with the championship game in September. Eight teams will vie for the title: the Hamburg Sea Devils, Berlin Thunder, Frankfurt Galaxy, Cologne Centurions, Stuttgart Scorpions, Leipzig Kings, Wroclaw Panthers (Poland) and the Barcelona Dragons (Spain).

 

 

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football stories from across the globe.