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I'll be joining the league with two players, Zydrunas Gyrbauskas and Ludwig Helhammer.


Zed is a Lithuanian WR who'll be starting his career with the Athens Carnage! :ATH:


Ludwig is a German Pass-Rushing LB who'll be joining the Trenton Generals. :TRE:


I'm looking forward to getting started and recording my players' career growth in this brand thread. Watch this space!

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As a player agent, I dedicate most of my time to managing clients in sports leagues other than the EFL. Zed and Ludwig have been gaining TPE more slowly as a result. I'm looking forward to seeing them drafted into the EFL, even though they both project as late-round picks. I'm determined that both players will outperform their draft status and become valuable contributors to their ECFA and EFL teams, even though they might not ever grow into true superstars. It's unfortunate that I didn't realize Welfare could be claimed once per week rather than just once per season; I missed out on some valuable TPE for both players. Thankfully it was just a small amount, and now I know better for the future! My goal is to consistently have both players earning 6 TPE per week, plus taking advantage of additional free TPE whenever they can, through training camps, Career Point Tasks, and similar opportunities. Both players now have reviews of their high school careers posted, earning 8 TPE each and hopefully raising their profile throughout the league. Having been signed in Week 9 of this season, I know both Zed and Ludwig are looking forward to playing their first full ECFA seasons and showing off what they're really capable of! Both showed flashes of serious talent this season. Zed was the WR3 for the Carnage, caught a touchdown pass in his very first game, and finished with a respectable 27/265/3 statline in 8 games. Ludwig's year was perhaps not quite as successful on paper, with just 33 tackles and no sacks in 8 games. However, he showed good footwork in coverage, picking off a pass and defending 3 others, as well as forcing a fumble. I know he's excited to work hard in the offseason and come back stronger for his first full year!


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Well, this season flew by! I was happy to see both Zed and Ludwig growing into contributing roles with their teams, even if the TPE is lagging. The player agency is stretched very thin at the moment, and regrettably it's Zed and Ludwig who seem to be most often left on the outside looking in when it comes to earning and priority projects. But I know they're both enjoying their time in the league, Zed in particular as he and the Athens Carnage overcame their nemesis from Manchester and rode all the way to the championship game, before meeting a Death Valley Rangers squad that refused to be stopped this year. Still, National Runner up as a redshirt sophomore feels pretty dang good. As for Ludwig, he's just happy when he can smash people on the field and thrash guitars off it, and he's doing well on both fronts. He was a vital part of Trenton's great defense this season, menacing opposing offensive lines and consistently pressuring opposing QBs.


Both players feel like they're in a pretty good place, even though they've developed more as journeymen or role players than superstars. They both love football, they both love their teams, and as long as they're having fun, what's really to complain about? TPE isn't everything. It's about being part of a team and contributing to success in whatever way that you can. Not everyone can be the best player on their team or the league's best player at their position. It might not be glamorous. Your contract won't ever reset the market. But this type of player is vital to every successful team, and sometimes it's even the smallest contributions that feel the most satisfying.


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Both Zed Gyrbauskas and Ludwig Helhammer have announced their decisions to retire from football at the conclusion of the current ECFA season, their final year of eligibility, and will not be declaring for the EFL draft. Ludwig Helhammer will be pursuing his dream of touring the world with his band and spreading the power of METAL wherever he goes, while Zed Gyrbauskas plans to go to medical school, with the goal of eventually returning to Europe and providing medical services to the poorest areas of his native Lithuania and other post-Soviet states. Both players have greatly enjoyed their college experiences and will never forget the time the time they spent in the ECFA!


Stepping out of character now, I'm taking steps to significantly reduce my sim league involvement. I simply overextended myself, and the wheels fell off. I've never been as involved in the EFL as I would like, and I while I do think it's a great league, this is ultimately a very natural and I think wise choice. I'm trying to cut back on the total number of distractions and timesucks that I have in my life, as part of learning how to manage my ADHD, and to help myself focus at my new job. I landed a dream job at the beginning of the year after being unemployed since late September. This has been a huge relief and I'm determined to do whatever I can to not squander this incredible opportunity I've been given, and not to let my ADHD get in the way and mess it up.


I still love sim leagues, and I'm not quitting altogther, so many of you will be seeing me around. But my time in the EFL must unfortunately come to its end after this season. I simply can't keep up with it the way that I'd like.


Finally, I'd like to take a moment to thank my ADs in Athens and Trenton for putting their faith in me and giving Zed and Ludwig their chances to shine! Best of luck in the future to the Carnage, the Generals, and to all my former teammates!


Michiganonymous, signing off.

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