‘Who’d have thought that going to university five years ago would have resulted in, not just competing to a very high level in The JD Welsh Premier League, but an international call-up?’ Adam Roscrow said in conversation with WPL.Cymru.
‘I’m honoured to have been selected, I think everybody in the league wanted to be involved in this game and I did have some doubts given my injury problems over Christmas whether I’d be in or not, but I am very honoured and privileged to be in this squad, as are we all, and it is going to be a fantastic occasion for everyone.
‘For me, I live quite close to Barry as well, so it will be even more special for me to represent my country in a venue that is so close to home. My
Evans and Roscrow celebrate during Met’s win against Carmarthen in November (Photo: Matthew Lofthouse)
family, my friends, work colleagues, all of the boys from Met, they’ve all said they’re going to be there. Jenner Park will be packed, it is very exciting and it will be a fantastic experience.’
The Archers’ mighty rise through the ranks in recent years has rightly earnt them vast amounts of plaudits from fans and pundits across the country, and Met’s Eliot Evans – who first represented Christian Edwards’ side some eight years ago – spoke about what has led to that incredible progression and how fantastic the last 18 months in particular have been.
‘When I started in senior football with Cardiff Met, we were in Welsh Division Three and – no disrespect to any of the clubs we came up against – it is a million miles away from where we’re at now in The JD Welsh Premier League.
‘All of this has come about through hard work and believing in what we could achieve as a club, and the club progressing has helped me progress too, culminating in an international call-up at a very good level.
‘The last 18 months couldn’t have gone much better for Cardiff Met, we never look to stand still and all of that comes from Christian Edwards and the management team, who are constantly looking to develop us as players and the club. We’re only as good as how hard we work, that’s the fundamental idea the club has, and it has rubbed off on us as players, definitely and we’re seeing the benefits.’
’Pulling on that red shirt will be such a proud moment for me.’
When the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have had the distinct honour of pulling on that famous red shirt and singing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau at the centre of the Cardiff City Stadium pitch, Evans and co have often found themselves in the stands as fans and supporting the Dragons through thick and thin.
Soon enough though, it will be Evans’ chance to pull on the Wales strip and sing the anthem in front of a packed crowd at Jenner Park against England in his C International debut, and the 25-year-old detailed how much the experience will mean to him.
‘It will be a unique experience, it is fantastic for the league that there will now hopefully be a regular Welsh C team to go and play for, and it has certainly added an extra dimension to the league since the game was announced.
‘Pulling on that red shirt will be such a proud moment for me, without a doubt, as it has always been a huge dream of mine to represent my country. It never quite happened at youth level for me, but I’m so grateful for this opportunity and it’ll be an unforgettable experience.
‘I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think I was in with a shout of being in the squad, but you never really know what the management is thinking and what they’re looking for so all I could do was go about my business and put my case forward to get in.’
The buzz and excitement around The JD Welsh Premier League in recent years has already been hugely significant, but that went into overdrive in recent weeks when the C International fixture was announced, with players, fans and pundits lauding the initiative, making the case for their squads to be selected etc, and Roscrow noted how he hopes the games become a regular fixture long after the Jenner Park showdown has concluded.
‘Every game now in The JD Welsh Premier League has just become that bit more competitive than it already was too, because now you never know if this is going to continue, how many C International games there will be every year, and so on. It gives everyone that extra incentive to come in and put their best foot forward week in, week out, and the chance of an international call-up may present itself to you as a player at the end of all that.
‘England’s team play quite regularly, they’re a really strong outfit and they get together quite often, and I think it would be very special if we could do the same more frequently in Wales. Not a huge amount of games every year, because you might lose the novelty of the occasion, but a few games a year, and I think that would help not just the international side develop, but Welsh domestic football too.’