The Estonian goalkeepers’ market is going to get richer in choice as 34-year-old goalkeeper, Kert Kütt, is coming back home.
The Pärnu born has in fact left KTP (Finnish Ykkonen, second tier) after a positive season. KTP have finished second behind HIFK for a mere matter of goal difference since both clubs were aligned at 50 points after 27 games (there are only three rounds in 10-club Ykkonen) and HIFK earned the promotion to Veikkausliiga for next season.
Kütt last game with the Kotka team at Arto Tolsa Areena was a clean sheet against JIPPO, a nice way to leave Finland after two years (first spent at Haka).
Kütt was a start at KTP having collected all the 27 appearances (33 goals suffered).
Rumori apprehended the news from the voice of KTP’s club secretary, Jukka Vilkki. ‘Kert Kütt's contract ended in October and we didn’t renew it,’ told Vilkki this morning to Rumori. ‘He was a good goalkeeper and we discussed about new contract but he decided to go back to Estonia for looking for a new club for himself.’
With Pärnu Linnameeskond promoted to Premium Liiga, everyone’s eyes might look in that direction given that Pärnu is his birthplace. However, Vilkki is not sure: ‘whether he is staying in Estonia or going to play abroad I dont know,’ added the club’s official.
Kütt’s last experience at home was at Nõmme Kalju before he moved to Thailand (Army United). KTP have a replacement ready: ‘Jere Pyharänta a 22-year-old former Veikkausliiga player from MyPa-47.’
As it’s known, Finland is a favoured destination for Estonians: same climate, similar language and culture, better salaries for footballers. Some weeks ago, Iltalehti revealed Veikkausliiga’s footballers’ salaries. KuPS’ player, Estonian international Ats Purje earns more than former Estonian PM Andrus Ansip: 4,700€ against 3,900. Ykkonen figures shall be certainly smaller, however should be in line with Premium Liiga best salaries.
‘At this moment we are starting soon season preparation,’ added Jukka Vilkki ‘and I cannot tell whether there are going to be any Estonian players.’ Vilkki admitted they are not following anyone in particular, however, if a good offer from the neighbouring country shall come, they might consider it.
Where Kütt will defend the goal next season?