Since the recent departure of Steve Saunders, who has represented Scotland at the top level, we are now back to two Park Hall incumbents who have the honour of donning a national shirt. Greg Draper and Steve Evans have played for the nations of New Zealand and Wales respectively.
However, once you drop down the tiers, we have numerous internationals here at The New Saints. It has been an honour to interview three of them recently and you can read those below.
Ben Clark has had an incredible season with Independent Schools FA, having gone through 2017/2018 unbeaten. In addition, fellow Englishman, Harry Bower, has also had an impressive year with England Schools FA.
The other side of the border has seen a number of youngsters from the Park Hall set-up embrace the national jersey of Wales. Disappointed with missing out on the trip to Gibraltar this week due to injury, Callum Jones was compensated by receiving his national cap at Racecourse Stadium, the home of Wrexham FC.
The national side were training there and the presentation was made by none other than Wales manager, the legendary Ryan Giggs. I love the photograph of Callum with Giggsy, it’s great publicity for all concerned.
Without a doubt, looking at the crop of youngsters that we have, the future looks very bright indeed. From my perspective though, which is media, I must say what a real pleasure it is to work with not only the three highlighted in this week’s Rev’s Ramblings but everyone that I’ve had the pleasure to interview.
Whether the written word, as per these interviews, or a video chat, they have all come across so well. We can forget sometimes how young they all are, so to see them perform with such maturity not only on the pitch but off it as well, is a real joy to behold.
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog entry, following my adventures with the champions of Wales from a personal perspective. Read previous ones here.