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11 hours ago, Bertuzzi44 said:

He said he made the decision a year ago. Probably started necessary paperwork not too long after that.

He was willing to accept Scotland call ups right up until this year, he gave them every chance to get him before leaving; so perhaps he made that decision but he didn't seal it until recently.


I am not sure why it matters enough to debate it though? He is here and playing for us and that is what counts.

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Congrats Scotty. SPL champion! 

Holy hell. Scotty Arfield is the first name we should write down every time a squad is named. Settle down. 

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11 minutes ago, Yohan said:

I dunno why Strachan didn't rate Arfield, but Scotland is pretty deep at midfield. 

Not a lot of people on the Scottish forums did not either. Their loss.

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20 minutes ago, Canadian Pride said:

I'm not sure if that's true, a lot of people were upset that starchan overlooked arfield. One example, go on his brother Facebook and read the comments on his post

It's comments on his brother's facebook. I'm sure that if someone close to  Hargreaves posted that Canada ignored him, it would look the same. 

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Scott Arfield to hit the right note with Huddersfield Town
Doug Thomson examiner.co.uk 25 May 2010
    
TALKING about fulfilling every young boy’s dream!

Not only is Scott Arfield a professional footballer – he’s also been the lead singer in a band.

And while he’s currently focusing on football, Town’s new Scottish midfield signing is backing The Begbies to make their mark on the music scene.

Named after Robert Carlyle’s psychotic character Frances Begbie in the movie of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, the four-piece first had Arfield, signed from Falkirk, on vocals and brother Stuart on bass.

“The original band was formed by myself, my brother and a couple of mates from Livingston, the town where we all live,” explained the 21-year-old.

“We thought about a few names, then I was watching Trainspotting and saw Francis Begbie. That was it.”

Carlyle’s portrayal of the violent criminal ready to explode at any moment earned him rave reviews and won the character cult status among fans of the 1996 film, set in Edinburgh.

Arfield added: “We did all our own stuff apart from one cover, Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. I would describe the sound as a mixture of The View, The Clash and The Sex Pistols.”

Also a fan of Oasis, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Joy Division, Arfield continued: “I’ve always been a big music fan.

“I think most music fans imagine themselves playing in a band, and to start with, it was something we did to relax.

“But then the band started to take off, and it got to the stage where it would have been a bit too much for me to be involved in both that and football.

“I thought my feet were better than my voice, so I took a step back. My brother Stuart took the vocals slot and another guitarist was recruited.

“I think they’re a great band, they’ve got themselves a good name up in Scotland, and I’d love to see them make it on the wider scene.”

Scotland B and Under 21 international Arfield, who has agreed a three-year contract with Town after making 122 appearances for Falkirk, is also quick to sing the praises of Elvis.

That’s the nickname of Steven Pressley, the former Hearts and Rangers player who was his boss at Falkirk.

“I’d been playing in a few different positions under the previous manager, but Elvis stuck with me in the same role. That gave me belief and I have done a lot better under him as a result,” explained Arfield.

Falkirk’s relegation from the Scottish Premier League was a huge blow, but Arfield, who played Europa League football for them earlier in the season and figured in their 2009 Scottish Cup final defeat by Rangers at Hampden, said he might well have left Westfield even had they escaped the drop.

“I was under contract until 2013, but having come through the academy there, I think things had become a little bit stale,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved my time there, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them.

“But sometimes you just get to the stage where you need a move, and I think I’d reached it.

“Now I’m really looking forward to getting going at Huddersfield.

“It seems a great set-up and a good place to be, and I think the move will improve me both as a player and a person.

“It will be my first time away from home, but I’m ready for that challenge, and home is only four hours’ drive away.

“I’m looking forward to looking for a house down here.

“I plan to be fully settled by the time pre-season training starts, and that will allow me to focus 100% on the football.”

No fee has been disclosed, although sources in Scotland have suggested an initial £400,000 with add-ons.

“I first came down to meet Lee Clark and his management team last week, and I liked everything I saw and heard,” added Arfield.

“I found his ambition very, very impressive.

“He is desperate to move Town out of League I and believes I can help him do that, which really inspired me.

“This is a forward-thinking club who like to play football the right way.

“I believe that will suit my style of play and I can’t wait to get going.”

Clark, who is now being linked with Rochdale striker Chris Dagnall, said of Arfield: “Scott has been on our minds all season and is a player we have watched more than any other.

“We saw a very good young player when we went to watch him up in Scotland, and all the contacts we have up there rate him as one of the best young players around.

“He’s a box-to-box midfield player, very energetic, and one who can play all four positions across the middle.

“He’s a good passer of the ball, and that will suit us very well.”

Hamilton had a £100,000 bid rejected by Falkirk last August while the advances of Hibs, bossed by ex-Falkirk chief John Hughes, have reportedly been rebuffed twice.

“A lot of other clubs have been looking at him, so we’re delighted to have him on board and looking forward to working with him,” added Clark.

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2 minutes ago, Steve said:

I hope he isn't hurt too badly. He looked to have pulled something when he charged down a ball late in the second half.

Same. If he's fit on Tuesday I want to see him start.

A tough loss from a lackluster team. Almost 55 000 fans. 2 or 3 pitch invaders/streakers because we're Canada and don't have the security levels of the UK (let alone Mexico). A yellow card from a 50/50 challenge. What an intro to Canada and CONCACAF for him!

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1 hour ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

Same. If he's fit on Tuesday I want to see him start.

A tough loss from a lackluster team. Almost 55 000 fans. 2 or 3 pitch invaders/streakers because we're Canada and don't have the security levels of the UK (let alone Mexico). A yellow card from a 50/50 challenge. What an intro to Canada and CONCACAF for him!

If he gets a yellow in mexico were fucked. He misses honduras. What he can get away with in the championship doesnt fly in concacaf. He was surpised he got that yellow last night because he wasnt used to the reffing  

Probably doesnt matter tho as he was carrying a back injury into this camp and looks to have reagrivated it. Doubt he sees the field. 

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I hate to say it but I kinda agree.  It's not a bad idea to start Akindele and Ricketts against Mexico so that we can have our best roster against Honduras when it matters the most.

That Honduras game is going to be a huge event and we need to get a point from it.  Not only that we actually have the talent to get that point.

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21 hours ago, baulderdash77 said:

I hate to say it but I kinda agree.  It's not a bad idea to start Akindele and Ricketts against Mexico so that we can have our best roster against Honduras when it matters the most.

That Honduras game is going to be a huge event and we need to get a point from it.  Not only that we actually have the talent to get that point.

Not to mention that the narrative will all be about the 8-1 last visit there, and whether we can exorcise those demons.  My sense is that the game in Honduras will be an emotional game, and it can either be a real turning point, or set us back another 5 years.

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16 hours ago, Addona said:

Not to mention that the narrative will all be about the 8-1 last visit there, and whether we can exercise those demons.  My sense is that the game in Honduras will be an emotional game, and it can either be a real turning point, or set us back another 5 years.

Last thing I'd be trying to do in Honduras is exercise those 8-1 demons. They seemed well fit last time we had the misfortune of seeing them.

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I am a bit surprised in the game threads and here few seem aware Arfield came in injured, he has a back strain or something. This was mentioned by De Vos during the play-by-play, explains why he did not start, and why he showed pain after trying to get to that ball before the keeper. 

Since he got a yellow I'd keep him out for Azteca, unless we are so close he could make a difference as a sub, since Arfield healthy will be a big help for the last two matches.

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On the injury, if his quote in this article is any indication, he's ready for a call in Mexico

Canada's newest international, Burnley's Scott Arfield, is hoping to get a first start against Mexico after making his debut for the country from the substitutes bench during Friday's defeat.

"If the manager sees fit for me to be part of that game, I’m absolutely delighted to do so," Arfield said. 

"It was an absolute pleasure for me to play in this arena in front of so many fans. It's something that will live very long in my memory and hopefully take my international career further as well."

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/mexico-v-canada-osorio-hails-lozano-potential#:bILg38lh9uCgmA

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Good news. How he got a yellow to begin with is ridiculous. Can it be appealed?

He is a full blooded player that will get stuck in, can easily see him picking up a yellow on Tuesday. We certainly will need him more in the last two games. He is going to be a huge player for us though, could already see the difference in our attack with him on even if he didn't have the best of performances. 

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17 minutes ago, toontownman said:

Good news. How he got a yellow to begin with is ridiculous. Can it be appealed?

He is a full blooded player that will get stuck in, can easily see him picking up a yellow on Tuesday. We certainly will need him more in the last two games. He is going to be a huge player for us though, could already see the difference in our attack with him on even if he didn't have the best of performances. 

If he pics up a yellow on tuesday we wont have him in honduras. 

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19 minutes ago, toontownman said:

Good news. How he got a yellow to begin with is ridiculous. Can it be appealed?

He is a full blooded player that will get stuck in, can easily see him picking up a yellow on Tuesday. We certainly will need him more in the last two games. He is going to be a huge player for us though, could already see the difference in our attack with him on even if he didn't have the best of performances. 

Oh poor baby, he got a yellow. 

That card was so far from being anything close to susceptible to appeal it's not funny. 

I mean, instead of saying he did a good job taking one to cut off an attack, you complain about it?

This is what happens when you believe The Championship is a proper indication of world football.

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