Gladiators opening combine a success

The Gladiators from Spain who will play in the European League of Football, ELF, in 2021,  have been busy preparing for the upcoming season and this past weekend held their first ever Combine at the Estadi Municipal de Reus in Reus, Spain.

A total of 62 players showed up for an intense day of testing, a lower-than expected number but understandable considering the travel restrictions due to the pandemic which prevented most of the non-Spanish players from attending.

The players were divided into morning and afternoon groups due to the COVID-19 restrictions with the morning session lasting from  9 am to 1 pm and the afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm.

The testing involved the standard Combine tests including the 40 Yard Dash, 20 Yard Shuttle, L Cone Drill, Broad Jump and Bench Press.

The top three candidates in each of these disciplines is listed below.

40 Yard Dash:
  1. Cesare Brugnani
  2. Arnau Casamor
  3. Jordi Brugnani

20 Yard Shuttle:
  1. Jofre Cano
  2. Eric Clar
  3. Sebastian Clar
L Cone:
  1.  Jordi Brugnani
  2. Wesley Martheli
  3. Alex Posito

Broad Jump:
  1. Arnau Casamor
  2. Sebastián Castañer
  3. Cesare Brugnani
Bench Press:
  1. Miguel Bujarrabal
  2. Etienne Castillo
  3. Sebastián Castañer

Bart Iaccarino, General Manager of the Gladiators was pleased with how the day went:

“It was a great day in Reus. We are very happy with how the day went. We think that all the players who have come have been able to feel a little bit more professional. We will keep working hard to make this grow in the future. We feel sadness for the foreign players who have not been able to come due to the restrictions and blocks that have been encountered. But we are waiting them to come to the next Combine in Madrid. We wish that the situation of the pandemic will be better for then”.

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