About Us / Who we are / what we do
PlayerFirst is a young, dynamic agency within the sporting industry, specialising in the football sector. We provide first class advice and guidance to all of our clients. Our service is completely bespoke, as no one clients requirements, are ever the same.

PlayerFirst understands the demands on the present day footballer. From personal experience, and its this experience that helps us to help make your everyday life easier. We concentrate on your off field career, so you can concentrate on it.

Founded by former Tottenham Hotspur defender, Brian Statham, and Successful City entrepreneur Christopher Gennings. Together we combine, a deep understanding and knowledge of professional football, business acumen, common sense and forthright honesty.This enables PlayerFirst to do what it says it will do, put the PlayerFirst.

The hardest part about becoming wealthy from your successes on the field is staying wealthy off of it!
Brian Statham - Founding partner & Director
Brian is the former Tottenham Hotspur, Brentford and Gillingham defender who also represented England at u20 and u21 level.

Brian worked under a number of renowned managers throughout his career, including Terry Venables, Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis and David Pleat, gaining valuable experience and an insight from each of them. After 12 years as a professional footballer Brian retired due to persistent injuries, and pursued a career in the City. In 2000 he gained the relevant qualifications and became a successful Stockbroker, advising high net worth and private clients. After seven years Collins Sarri Statham Investments was established and is now a well respected, award winning Stockbrokers.

Brian has a wealth of experience, contacts and knowledge from the worlds of football and finance. This will enable PlayerFirst to provide first class advice to footballers during their playing careers and importantly when their playing days are over.

Brian says "Becoming a successful footballer takes many years of dedication, sacrifice, thousands of hours of hard work and a slice of luck. With that success comes the financial rewards, however the hardest part about being successful and wealthy is staying successful and wealthy. When you career finishes you still have a lifetime to live, so looking after your wealth never became so important"

PlayerFirst will help you do just that.


Chris Gennings - Founding partner & Director
Chris started working in the financial sector in 1990. He began his career in the trading pits on the London International Financial Futures Exchange, 'Liffe'. He started working for Citibank, moved to Barclays, and then executed business for J.P.Morgan. He then went on to forge a career as an independent trader, where he would trade his own capital. The 'floor' as it became known was a predominantly male environment, where only the mentally strong survived.

In 1990, Liffe closed it's trading pits in favour of a new screen based trading platform. Chris saw this as an opportunity to open a trading office to facilitate the traders. He has been running this successfully for the last 16 years.

When recently asked what stands Playerfirst apart from other agents, Chris replied "at Playerfirst we are not just looking to help players with their transfers but with every aspect of their lives. Most agents will just want to do 'the transfer'. At PlayerFirst we realise the importance of sorting out a player's personal affairs, so they can concentrate on their football."

Chris is married with four children and enjoys supporting them in their sporting and academic activities. He also enjoys Football, Skiing and Shooting.