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  1. Hi all, the latest episode of our podcast is now up. It's an interview with Derek Martin who answers a lot of questions people ask on here: https://www.fromaways.com/post/ep14-from-aways-meets-derek-martin
  2. If anyone has some reading time on their hands, I wrote something that is part love letter to CanPL & HFX Wanderers, and part look back at a long forgotten club from Northants, England. Thanks (and apologies if posting links here isn't allowed!) https://www.fromaways.com/home/stop-and-smell-the-roses
  3. @Silverfox You'll be seeing Simmons soon...
  4. If you've got some time to kill on a commute or around the house, we just posted episode 13 of our HFX Wanderers podcast over at http://www.fromaways.com. Thanks! Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5vyqQoHhZHNAJ57MuUrhKv?si=X2Rtv5KLTjWMIl_7JoDwew Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/from-aways-a-hfx-wanderers-podcast/id1453406026?mt=2 RSS Feed - https://feed.podbean.com/fromaways/feed.xml
  5. Simmons had a small injury but is okay now. Not sure if he'll fly out to join the rest of the squad or not. If he did it'd mean sending another player home so not sure it'd be worth it financially. Re. Langwa, think most have probably put 2&2 together and figured out what's gone on. He'll be back sooner rather than later though.
  6. Completely agree. I'm from England and played in leagues from the age of 9 until my late teens. Stopped playing because of how rough and feisty it all got. You'd see some shocking challenges. I don't think the league can only be either a) full contact like hockey or b) full of divers. Should be easy enough to find a good balance.
  7. He does know his stuff when it comes to football. Had a beer with him after a Q&A he did in Halifax back in February and had a really good chat with him about the game. Talked about George Best, Rodney Marsh, players from the 70s, 80s, Scottish football etc. He's a big Rangers fan. He also still plays weekly, too. Said he started off as a striker but is moving further and further back as he gets older. I remember feeling a lot more at ease about the league after that chat. He gets it. But yeah, the comment about being 'tough on crime' did feel a bit like pandering. Perhaps that's necessary though to get some skeptics on board.
  8. Completely agree, but the one thing that makes me think otherwise is that for the open training, he had Simmons & Rampersad playing as a midfield pair for the whole week. No other two players did that. Might be reading too much into things there though.
  9. Yeah, for sure on the left side. I had a chat with Guti at the kit launch the other night. He said he'd been playing as a right-winger or as a no.10 in training, so that fits. I see this: 4-2-3-1 Perea Iida - Guti - Garcia Simmons - Rampersad Langwa - Schaale - Hocine - Sukunda/Bona Williams Or this: 5-3-2 w/ wing-backs Pera - Garcia/Lamy Simmons - Guti - Rampersad/John Langwa - Sukunda N'sa - Hocine - Schaale Williams Unsure on Sukunda on the right though as he didn't play RB once during the week's training. I've always written about him as a RB though so hopefully he plays there! They're definitely classed as Canadian while they're still at school. After that, I think it depends on their immigration status. If Bona has been here for a long time then I'd assume he's a permanent resident, so he'd be considered a Canadian even though he's no longer studying. Re. Schaale, he's only going to be with Wanderers until August anyway, then he has to go back to school. On Bona, I'm a bit confused by why he was selected as a U-Sports pick. Hasn't he finished school now? Feels like a waste of a pick if so, as they could've just signed him outright. Tbh, I don't think the U Sports thing has been properly thought through by the league. I know the delay in signing Schaale was completely down to the league, not the club. The league hadn't decided out exactly how it worked, how much they could be paid etc etc. Wasn't the club's fault at all.
  10. Some filthy finishes in that, he looks decent. Good spot!
  11. For those interested, the newest episode of the podcast is up. Includes interviews with Stephen Hart, Zoom, Sukunda, Rampersad and Simmons plus a full review of the open training sessions. Thanks! https://www.fromaways.com/home/from-aways-podcast-e04-camp-coverage-cruel-crows
  12. Just an FYI, Guti is arriving at 1pm tomorrow, so hopefully we'll get the chance to see some clips of him in training over the next few days. Really curious to see if Hart sees him as a no.10 or someone that's going to be be a left-sided attacker. Think Kodai may be a little better than they realised, so it gives them a bit more flexibility with how they set things up in an attacking sense.
  13. Yeah, that's the one. Think he's been there all week.
  14. Made it over to training this afternoon. Couple of notes: 10 v 10 game, 3/4 length pitch. Finished 1-0, Garcia the goalscorer. Definite emphasis on simplicity. Hart seemed to get frustrated several times when players over complicated the basics. Kodai Iida, first half in particular, was very, very good. Playing as more of a no.6 which was surprising. Like the look of Simmons & Rampersad as a midfield two (my friend, who has been over every day this week, said they're the only two that have played together every single day, which tells you a lot) Peter Schaale and Andre Bona both put in very strong, commanding performances. Scott Firth, at only 17, is an incredibly composed and calm player. There were two unknown trialists taking part. One is a 17 year old from the Impact academy. I believe his surname is Marshall. The other was a center-back whose name I didn't catch. I'll do a full write-up on the blog (http://www.fromaways.com) over the next week ?
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