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  • Writer's pictureChris Broadfoot

Empowering Overseas Athletes with Simplified International Money Transfers.

Updated: Jun 7

The Challenge

Connor Pain, a professional footballer from Australia, was embarking on a new chapter of his career in Saudi Arabia. For the first time, he was going to play abroad and receive his salary in US Dollars (USD). However, he didn't have a USD account.

The absence of a USD account and the high costs associated with traditional banks for international money transfers presented a significant challenge.

The first and easiest option is to have his salary transferred back directly into his Australian account. The issue with this is that he would be charged poor exchange rates from his Australian bank and lose out on up to 5% of his salary each month.

Connor Pain, playing football in Saudi Arabia

The Solution

SportsFX stepped in to assist Connor with this financial hurdle. Connor's agent reached out to Chris at SportsFX via the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) to ask about the best way to help Connor on this journey.

With our expertise in athlete money management, we opened a USD account for Connor to receive his salary. But that was just the beginning. We also offered him a service to transfer his earnings back to his Australian account. This service came with five significant advantages over traditional banking methods:

  1. Better Exchange Rates: We provided Connor with more favourable exchange rates than his banks, which led to substantial savings.

  2. Zero Fees: We eliminated the fees usually associated with currency exchanges and transfers, thereby further increasing Connor's savings.

  3. Personalised Currency Advice: We gave Connor personalised advice about the best times to make his transfers to maximise his earnings.

  4. Dedicated Support: Connor has direct contact with Chris. We helped show him how to use the platform and keep in touch every couple of weeks via WhatsApp to advise on rate movements and confirm funds in and out.

  5. Currency Accounts: Connor can now take a contract anywhere and no matter the currency, he can add that wallet to his platform and get paid with ease.

The Outcome

Through our services, Connor Pain, like many other overseas athletes, was able to save money on both better exchange rates and zero fees.

He had a direct point of contact via WhatsApp who kept him updated on the progress.

Plus, he had access to our online platform to manage his transfers. It wasn't just about the financial benefits; it was about the peace of mind and the convenience of managing his currency exchange needs efficiently and effectively.


Dealing with international currency exchange can be a headache, especially when you're in a foreign country and focusing on your career. But that's where Connor found a game-changer with SportsFX. Gone were the worries about losing money to poor exchange rates or hidden fees. With our help, Connor was able to be more proactive and informed about his financial decisions, and he started seeing the results in his bank account immediately!

But what makes this outcome a great success is not only the significant savings. It's also about the empowerment Connor experienced through our personalised service and his own SportsFX account.

You see, having his own account gave Connor the freedom to manage his own money transfers and currency exchanges. He no longer had to rely on banks or agents to handle it all for him.

And, most importantly, the SportsFX account came with a level of flexibility that you just can't get with traditional banking systems. Whether he's contracted to play in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else in the world, Connor now has the peace of mind of knowing his currency requirements can move with him. 

No need to open new accounts each time or worry about dealing with different banking systems. With his SportsFX account, it's all managed in one place. And that's been a real game-changer for him.

Beyond the savings and convenience, what we're most thrilled about is that Connor now has the confidence to navigate international money transfers on his own. Hearing from Connor about how we've helped simplify his overseas career has been truly rewarding for the SportsFX team. And we're excited to keep providing the same level of service and support to more athletes like him, who are taking their careers across borders and making their mark on the international stage!

To echo what we always say at SportsFX, it’s not about making money, it’s about saving money and being smart with what you earn! Connor's journey is a testament to that!

Connor Pain, Footballer talking about his experience with SportsFX

Contact me about your scenario:

We're here to help athletes like you manage your money while playing abroad! If you're facing similar challenges as Connor or just want to get on top of your finances, get in touch with us today! We'd be thrilled to help you take control of your financial future, just as we did for Connor!

So, no matter where your career takes you, remember, with SportsFX, your financial goals are always within reach. Let us help you make the most of your hard-earned money. After all, when you succeed, we all do!

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