He hails from Drevja. He played for Nardo FK, and joined Lyn ahead of the 1999 season. He played four games in the second highest Norwegian league, and also played for the u-19 national team.
In 2000, he disappeared from professional football. It later surfaced that he had come out as gay, and that he quit football as a result of what he described as widespread homophobia in the football community. In 2001, he briefly came out of retirement, playing for lower league Drøbak/Frogn IF.
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- Pettersen, Charlotte Lokland; Kleve, Marie; Nordseth, Pål (19 September 2008). "- Håper han blir tatt vel i mot". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 February 2009.
- Nordli, Øyvind (19 September 2012). "Han merket homohetsen på kroppen" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
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