Welshman Jason Price is celebrating a late international call-up - for England!
The former Doncaster Rovers favourite, who recently returned to the Keepmoat Stadium for James Coppinger’s legends match, is off to Thailand next week to play in the Seniors World Cup.
“Technically I’ll be representing Great Britain,” joked the 38-year-old.
“I’ll have to wear an England shirt but I’ve spoken to my family and they’re okay with it.
“The call came a bit out of the blue.
“I’ve been playing for Harrogate Veterans and it’s something they have been involved with for quite a few years now.
“They sent an England team over to the tournament in 2008 and it’s snowballed from there.
“I know a few other lads that have turned it down but it’s a fantastic opportunity and I’ve never been to Thailand.
“It’ll be a decent standard. A lot more ex-professional players are turning out now. We’ve got Barry Hayles [ex Fulham, Bristol Rovers striker] with us for instance.
“Germany, Italy and France are in it this time so we’re expecting the bar to be raised again.
“I’m looking forward to it. John Ryan has kindly agreed to sponsor me so I really appreciate his support.”
Now a qualified plumber, Price downed tools to honour Coppinger last month and lapped up every minute of his Rovers return, admitting to being “overwhelmed” by the reception he received from fans.
“I’ve got to concentrate on plumbing these days and I’m that busy I don’t really get time to think about football,” he said.
“I wasn’t particularly missing it.
“But going back to Doncaster brought everything back.
“It was strange. As soon as I pulled up in the car park, just meeting and talking to the fans, everything came back to me and it was like I’d never been away.
“It was overwhelming really.
“I was signing a few autographs and I thought to myself ‘I could get used to this again!’
“Doncaster and Hull are the two best clubs I was at,” he added.
“Rovers will always hold a special place in my heart and the relationship I had with the fans was brilliant.”
While reminiscing, Price also took the opportunity to introduce himself to current boss Paul Dickov.
“Every time I ran past him I was telling him ‘I’m available’,” laughed Price.
“He knows where I am if he needs an experienced and versatile forward!”