Planning for future

Numbers add up for Balatoni as he kicks off new career

Future: Conrad Balatoni

Former Heart of Midlothian footballer Conrad Balatoni is kicking off a new career as a financial adviser as he prepares for life outwith the sport.

The 28-year-old has set up his own practice, Conrad Balatoni Wealth Management, which is a representative of St James’s Place Wealth Management.

He is currently working towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and said: “The older I got the more interested I became in this sector and I’m really looking forward to the future when I can look back and say this was the best decision I ever made.”

The defender is currently in his second season with League Two part-timers Edinburgh City, and while he has no immediate plans to hang up his boots, he sees the current situation as ideal.

“I’d always thought I was going to have to make this career change sooner rather than later and it appeared that this was the right time to do it. I could play part-time, still have that enjoyment of playing at a competitive level while going through the transition of building the business for when I stop playing.

“The finance world has always been of interest to me and St James’s Place seemed the ideal fit as it provided training and the infrastructure to put solid foundations in place for a new business.

“The transition was always going to happen for me and I’ve got the best of both worlds now – playing football and setting up a business.”

Mr Balatoni spent eight years at Tynecastle before playing for Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Ayr United, Falkirk and Torquay United before signing for Edinburgh City.

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