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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:22:24 PM

He implored me to write something withering about the programme that followed the football, ITV's new dating show, Take Me Out, but I am finding it difficult to top Phil's own suggestion that the show be retitled Take Me Out and Kill Me. On Phil's behalf, I watched the last half hour.

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None of us really knew much about it, we just thought it was training, but we saw all the Inter Milan badges and TV cameras around.

Ken Brookes, our manager told us to relax and have a go, luckily enough I got spotted by Jamie Redknapp on the first trial. I was the only one out of to get chosen. I made a few good crosses, nothing major, but they took a liking to me.

I remember feeling positive and not nervous at all which helped me play better. The show combined aspects of Saturday night talent shows with competitive football as one player went home each week.

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We started to realise that it was like the football X Factor when were out there. I remember I got put in the danger zone once when we were in the final five. That was a really nerve wracking feeling because they have to reshoot everything with the cameras.

Standing in the same place for about 30 minutes. We had cameras on us all the time, it was like living in a dream really. We were living in a mansion. I did an interview with Patrick Vieira and Jamie, Vieira put his arm around me and told me that I was a good player.

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It was an amazing thing to hear at the time as a 17 year old boy. They always felt that it was between me and Craig. I know Craig had his homesickness but it ended up being between him, me and Conor. If I had taken the contract at Tottenham, I would have had more of a chance at making it in England.

I did experience a treble winning year at Inter. I was part of this squad, I was in the reserves.

I went on loan to Como in Serie C and had a really good spell, scoring 7 goals in 11 games from left wing back. The toughest decision was coming back to England after having been out of the loop for two years. It was taking too long to break into the first team so I went back to non-league.

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He had to prove himself to coaches just like any other player. I played 8 or 9 games under Butcher, there was a really good feeling about the club and vibe about the squad.

I was unlucky that John Hughes never took a fancy to me. I asked him about how he was finding life there. I really improved when I went to Inverness.

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I went up there on a 4 or 5 handicap and left on scratch. The courses up there were unbelievable, it was cold and windy which made playing down south a lot easier.

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