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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sabah FA likely to rope in ex-Gunner

Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: Ex-Welsh international defender Rhys David Weston is most likely to be offered a contract by the Sabah Football Association to fill up one of the two foreign imports quota for the team's challenge in the Premier League next season provided he passes the medical test. The Arsenal Academy graduate who came here barely a week ago had impressed both players and coaching staff as well as spectators with his commanding ability on the pitch and his skills on the ball.

 With his vast experience in the sport, it will be a coup if the Sabah FA managed to get his signature before his departure this Friday. What really made him stand out from some of the imports the team had over the years was his down to earth attitude. He wasted no time to mix around with the local players and he also helped out to collect all the markers and balls after the training session as shown on Tuesday at the Likas Stadium despite the heavy downpour.

 A feat you hardly see any of the local players do unless they were asked to by the coach. The central defender, who captained Scottish side Dundee to second place in the 2011-2012 season in the first division admitted to Express Sports that he had never heard of Sabah before he boarded the plane here from London after he received a call from David McCreery.

 "I always like to take up a challenge and for me it is a very good opportunity to try something new in this part of the world after more than 400 games as a professional footballer." Meanwhile, McCreery who was engaged towards the end of the just concluded Super League season was very pleased with the players who are under his care so far.

 "The players are all excellent and they always play as a unit, which is very good for team spirit." The team had played several friendly matches to date featuring many of the President Cup players and they even managed to force a draw with the Brunei national team at their own home ground. Their next friendly schedule is to travel to the east coast in Lahad Datu and Tawau on Oct 18 where they will play a couple of matches with the local selection.

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