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Russell LatapyRecently appointed National Team player/coach Russell Latapy said last week that he was excited over the latest call to serve and would be trying to schedule his return home as quickly as possible in an attempt to settle in ahead of the Guatemala match on October 11.
“It’s an opportunity I’ve always wanted and in saying that I think I would want to come back as quickly as possible to try and settle and get a feel of things with the team,” Latapy said.

The “Little Magician” is expected to be here ahead of the October 8 friendly against Dominican Republic at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Latapy also spoke last week about his history in the Scottish game, a bit of which had been in unfortunate circumstances which he has been able to move on from.

“Others have been unable or unwilling to do that. "Part of life and part of maturing is that you look back at decisions that you made and if you had the chance to go back then you would definitely do things different,” Latapy said in the Scotsman.

“Unfortunately, at the time you think the decisions are not important and things have still worked out in a certain way but I have said it before and I will say it again that one of the things that I would have done differently is the situation that led to me leaving Hibs. It's in the past and we have both moved on, the club and myself, but it should have been different. It's not the fact I didn't play in the cup final, it's more that because of decisions I made I disappointed a lot of people at a club I still feel a lot for."

Ince makes “Team of the week”

Clayton Ince was in fine form on Saturday helping Walsall secure victory despite them having Rhys Weston and Netan Sansara sent off in the first half at Brighton. Weston and Sansara were both dismissed with straight red cards, the former receiving his marching orders for a two-footed challenge on Dean Cox. For his efforts Ince was voted in the League’s “Team of the Day” and the “Team of the Week by the Daily Times.

The 36-year-old, who is the oldest member of the Saddlers squad, towers above most of the Walsall squad in stature and maturity.

With Alex Nicholls and Netan Sansara returning to the starting line-up and Mark Bradley pushing for a place, Ince is happy to guide them through their fledging careers.

He said: “There is only so much I can do from a keeper’s point of view. Some of the senior lads have to help but we have to let them know that you cannot let your guard down.

“That is where maturity and concentration has to come in. You have to make sure the young lads have their heads on their shoulders in the right way.

“When you have a team to punish, you have to punish them and we cannot let them get back into the game.”  Ince has been recalled to the national team for the upcoming matches against Guatemala and USA.

Stern goal up for prize.

Stern John’s 30 yard rocket against Rotherham has been rated in the UK Press as a”Goal of the week” and is certain to be among the picks for goal of the season.

John, soon after entering the pitch, collected and fired into the top right corner of the net from 30 yards out to pull one back for Southampton at the time They however lost the Carling Cup knockout match 3-1.

“Its good scoring but disappointing that we lost. But I know once I’m out there then there’s the possibility of getting a goal or two and I was glad to do that today,” said John who has earned a recall to the National Team after missing the three previous World Cup qualifiers.

“It may push me for a start on the weekend and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”
Southampton are two spots from the bottom of the Championship table with 5 points from seven games.

Meantime, Carlos Edwards says he’s unsure about whether Sunderland will send him on loan to Sheffield Wednesday. Roy Keane said : "There has been interest in Carlos and I'll have a chat with him," Keane.

But Edwards,who make his second start for the season on Tuesday versus Northampton Town added “I haven’t heard anything about it but I’ll maybe have a chat about it. Right now my mind is on trying to secure a spot and play as regular as possible.”