In conversation with Tamás Priskin

 

Tamás Priskin is currently plying his trade in the Russian Premier League with Alania Vladikavkaz but was probably best known for his time in England, where he played for Watford, Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich amongst others. I caught up with Hungarian international Tamás for a little chat last week.

 

You broke onto the scene in Hungary at only 16 years old and by 19 was on your way to playing for Watford in England. Looking back, do you think you left Hungary to early?

I think it was a right time for me to go abroad and I was happy to have earned a contract at Watford.

How did your move to England came about?

I was on trial for one week at Watford and the manager was satisfied with my performance and they gave me a 4 year contract

You had a mixed time playing in England. What were the high and low points?

I really enjoyed my time at Watford and the high point for me was when I played regularly and scored goals. For the lowest I would say the last season at Ipswich where unfortunately I didn’t get that much time on the pitch.

How did you end up playing in Russia?

After six years in England  wanted to try myself in another country and Alania provided an interesting challenge to me.

Has it been difficult to adapt to life in Russia?

Of course the first few months were hard, but I got lot of help from the club and my teammates to adapt.

Your last international cap saw you set up the winning goal against Sweden to give us hope of qualifying for the European championships. How disappointing was it to not qualify in the end and can we build on that as a nation or was it a one off?

It was a disappointing  for me, we gave a good performance in the qualifiers but unfortunately we didn’t make it! I believe we can build on this and reach tournament in the near future.

Do you still watch Hungarian league football and is there a team you support?

Yes, I follow the Hungarian league, I support my old club Győri ETO,I have a lot to thank that club for.

Will you return to play in Hungary one day?

I definitely would like to play for Győr again. I love that club!

Who are your best friends in football?

I have a lot of friends in football, but I would say my brother , Márton Fülöp and my agent Jozsef Vorosbaranyi.

Who is your favourite Hungarian player?

My favourite Hungarian footballer is Ferenc Puskás, he was a great player.

Aside from football, what interests do you have?

In my free time I like to read and I take in interest in lots of other sports.

 

 

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