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Scottish-based striker Collin Samuel is determine to make life a bit hard for Leo Beenhakker when it comes to selecting his strikers for preparation matches ahead of T&T’s 2006 World Cup participation.


Samuel hopes to do this by keeping his form and hitting the target for Dundee in the Premier League.

He feels he could be in with a good chance of earning one of the team spots, after looking on at the Soca Warriors following his selection for last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup.

He also feels that the move of countryman Jason Scotland to St Johnstone has given him a new lease on life at Dundee, for which he recently signed an extension to his contract.

“My countryman Jason Scotland had to leave and while that was sad, in many ways it gave me a second chance. Things happen for a reason and I really wanted to stay—and now I have this new deal.

“I have been working very hard to improve and feel that has shown in my form,” Samuel said.

“My confidence is growing with every goal I score. I feel much more a part of things now and I am absolutely delighted to be signing a further year’s extension to my contract.

“My next goal is to keep on playing well enough to earn a place in my national squad for the World Cup finals in Germany.

“I think I can definitely make a strong claim for a pick from the coach, if I can keep injury free and keep on top of my game.”

Samuel played all 90 minutes in Dundee’s 2-1 win over Falkirk on Sunday, a game which also saw Russell Latapy on the field for 87 minutes for Falkirk.