Arsenal ace Rob Holding jokes big mate Calum Chambers was ‘sad’ when he got a girlfriend but that he’s ‘finally over it’ – The Sun

ARSENAL ace Rob Holding has joked pal Calum Chambers was "sad" when he got a girlfriend – but he’s "finally over it".

The Arsenal star, 24, was grilled on his bromance with Chambers during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.

And Holding answered in hilarious manner, revealing his Gunners team-mate is coming to terms with the loss.

He was asked: "Hi Rob. How did Calum Chambers react when you told him you've got a girlfriend and he's no longer your first priority?"

And the former Bolton defender hilariously replied: "He was sad at first, but i think he is finally over it. Hahaha."

Holding is currently dating Paige Almendariz – an Instagram model who also stars for Las Vegas' football team.

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LSU Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs odds, picks and best bets

Fresh off a huge win over the Florida Gators, the LSU Tigers (6-0) will play another SEC game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-3) Saturday afternoon. The No. 2-ranked Tigers are predictably big favorites in this one, but as with any in-conference game, anything can happen. Here, we break down the LSU vs. Mississippi State odds and lines, with college football betting picks and tips.

LSU at Mississippi State: Betting trends and tips

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  • LSU is 6-0 on the year, but the Tigers are just 4-2 against the spread. Mississippi State is 2-4 ATS in 2019.
  • The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 12-4 ATS against the SEC in their last 16 games.
  • Mississippi State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games at home and 24-6 ATS in home games against teams above .500.
  • LSU is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against Mississippi State.
  • LSU has scored 42 points in each of its last two games and has topped 42 points in all six games this season.
  • Mississippi State has lost back-to-back games, falling 20-10 to Tennessee last week and 56-23 the week before.
  • The over is 8-1 in LSU’s last nine games and 4-1 in the last five road games for the Tigers.
  • The total has gone Over the projection in five of MSU’s last seven games.

LSU at Mississippi State: Odds, betting lines and picks

Oct 12, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Deddrick Thomas (2) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 12, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Deddrick Thomas (2) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. (Photo Credit: Bryan Lynn – USA TODAY Sports)

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LSU 48, Mississippi State 24

Moneyline ( ?)

I firmly believe LSU is going to win this game, but it’s not worth gambling on the moneyline. The Tigers’ moneyline is -1000, which means you’d have to lay down $1,000 just to win $100. It’s not worth the risk, nor is a bet on the Bulldogs’ moneyline of +625. There just isn’t enough of a chance for them to win this game.

Against the Spread ( ?)

With the way LSU has been playing, the Tigers should win this one handily. They’re clearly the better team and covering a spread of 18.5 points shouldn’t be a huge challenge. The defense is one of the best in the country, and few offenses can touch the production of QB Joe Burrow and the Tigers’ unit. Give the points and take the TIGERS-18.5 (-110).

Over/Under ( ?)

When the Tigers play, bet the Over. Their offense can put up 45 points with ease thanks to Heisman candidate Joe Burrow and it’s not as if the Bulldogs defense is particularly dominant. The total of 60.5 points is a lot, but LSU can cover nearly all of that by itself. Take the OVER 60.5 (-115).

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Patrick Mahomes’ injury could mean the Madden Curse has struck again

Patrick Mahomes injury update: What we know Friday morning

Two brutal graphics aired during TNF showed just how bad John Elway is at finding QBs

Patrick Mahomes’ knee injury is another sad reminder that TNF is dangerous and dumb

CC Sabathia had an emotional exit after an injury knocked him out of his possible finale

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Matty Longstaff’s now a Newcastle hero alongside brother Sean after being dumped in tears aged 11 – The Sun

MATTY LONGSTAFF is back in the room where his world came crashing down as a kid.

He and his big brother are here to discuss their joint journey from fighting each other in the garden to playing together at St James’ Park.

Such is the strength of their sibling bond, Sean wells up with pride reflecting on Matty’s match-winning debut goal against Manchester United earlier this month.

Yet the conversation between Newcastle’s new homegrown midfield pairing also takes them back to a time when the tears shed were not of happiness but of heartbreak.

Sitting in a suite at the Toon’s training ground Matty, 19, said: “It was in here.

“I finally got the chance to train with Newcastle. It was a four-week thing.

“And they pulled me and one other kid in this door right here and said, ‘Thanks for coming, but we’re not going to keep you’.

“I walked out crying. It was one of the toughest things you can go through as a kid. But when you look back, it fired me up to get where I am. It all comes from that moment. It really p****d me off.

“I reckon I was about 11 but I came back and signed for the Under-13s. I had more fire in my belly — I didn’t want to ever be rejected again.”

From that night he said, ‘Nobody is going to be able to do this to me again’.

Matty’s story is why, for Sean, seeing his little brother score meant even more to him than when he got his own first goal for Newcastle — in an FA Cup win at Blackburn in January.

Sean, 21, said: “When he was rejected, I was in the car with him on the way home and he was crying.

“From that night he said, ‘Nobody is going to be able to do this to me again’.

“And it felt like everything had been building to that moment he scored.

“I actually froze for a second. I thought I was going to start crying. It was pure happiness. Even now I get a bit emotional talking about it.

“I think it was a better feeling than when I scored my first goal. Just the occasion, him being so young and it being his debut, knowing everything he has been through when he was younger to get to that point.

“If you had told us a year ago this was going to happen, we both would have laughed.

“To have two brothers from North Shields, at 19 and 21, starting a Premier League game is pretty crazy.”


Indeed, it has not even been 12 months since Sean made his own top-flight debut.

That came on Boxing Day at Anfield, when he revealed he was so scared his shorts were going to fall down that he tied them “ridiculously tight”.

And Matty has his own anecdote to share about how felt before his bow against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

He admitted: “This might sound dead stupid but the thing that calmed my nerves was when I walked out with the mascot and I was playing passes with him!

“I remember thinking, ‘Just get some good touches in here. Just get a feel for the ball. I know it’s just a little kid but make my passes count!’”

When the game kicked off, Matty was soon into his stride, spraying passes about before beating David De Gea from 22 yards in the 72nd minute.

He was the man of the match but said live on TV it should have been his brother, who he reckons he has “still got a bit of catching up to do on.”

But Sean said: “He is miles ahead of me. At 19, I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t have done what he has done — controlling the tempo of a Premier League game.

“I remember being in the tunnel thinking, ‘This is the best seat in the house — getting to watch him walk out for the first time at St James’ Park as a brother and team-mate’.

“We genuinely love each other. Whenever times are good or bad, we will try to be there for each other.

“Like any brothers, we argue, and there are times when you will fall out. But we got the fighting out of the way when we were younger! We used to fight a lot then.

“My mam once had to go to Newcastle and the club had to have a word with us and say, ‘You need to behave at home and stop fighting!’”

Matty explains how some scraps stemmed from “back- garden cricket, when I used to get him out all the time!”

Cricket is something both brothers shone at and could have led to different careers.

Matty said: “I remember when I was U13s, I wasn’t doing so well in football and I was doing really well in cricket.

“I played for Northumberland county and people were saying, ‘I could see you going to the top’. I told my dad I might concentrate on cricket and he gave me a clip round the ear as if to say, ‘There’s not a chance that’s happening!’”

Sean added: “He was the best cricketer. I used to spend hours bowling at him and couldn’t get him out.

“But when I'd grown, I did get better at cricket.

“There was a finals day at my club Tynemouth and some of the Durham coaches were asking the lads, ‘Who's that? Does he want to come and have a trial?'

“The guys from Tynemouth laughed and said, 'If you can persuade him to leave Newcastle and come and play cricket then best of luck to you!’"

The Longstaff brothers are not the only sporting members of their family, however.

Their dad, David, 45, won 101 caps for Great Britain at ice hockey and is now player-coach of the Whitley Warriors, missing his match on the rink to watch his boys beat United.

Sean smiled: “The first thing I said to him when we went up to the box after the game was, ‘I think you’ll be getting the sack from the Warriors!’

“But he’d had a few too many drinks so he didn’t really understand!

“We both really enjoyed ice hockey and we’d have both loved to play.

“We still go and watch my dad but if you could be the best player for Whitley Warriors, or a professional footballer for Newcastle, there’s not much of a comparison.”

The boys’ mum, Michelle, 45, also had trials for England at netball and their younger sister Milly, 15, has been scouted by Netball Superleague teams.

If that sounds a familiar back story, that is because it is.

Gary and Phil Neville played together for boyhood club Manchester United, having also been junior cricketers at Lancashire, while sister, Tracey, was an England netballer and coach.

Sean added: “It’s funny — you look at the Nevilles and those two played in the Premier League and their sister was a netballer. So we’ve said to Milly, ‘We’ve done our little bit, it’s up to you now!’”

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Patrick Day dead at 27: American boxer dies following four-day coma after brutal KO on the Usyk undercard – The Sun

PATRICK DAY has died aged 27 having spent the past four days in a coma following his brutal KO in his loss on the Oleksandr Usyk undercard.

The American boxer was knocked out by Charles Conwell in Saturday's tenth-round defeat in Chicago.

The super-welterweight was rushed to hospital on a stretcher after he faced a barrage of punches from Conwell and did not move on the canvas for several minutes.

Poor Day suffered seizures on his way to Northwester Memorial Hospital and had emergency brain surgery before remaining in a coma.

His promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement: "Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.

"He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins.

"On behalf of Patrick's family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.

"Patrick Day didn't need to box.

"He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living.

"He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring.

"Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It's how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive."

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day.

"I met him for the first time last Thursday, what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room.

"Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins, Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella."

Ring announcer Michael Buffer tweeted: "Just TRAGIC! Words fail me at this time! HORRIBLE NEWS!

"R.I.P. Dear Patrick.

"Everyone in the boxing community is crushed."

Day was carried away in a stretcher after the powerful punch and has been in a coma ever since – failing to respond to treatment after undergoing brain surgery.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for his DiBella Entertainment promoter revealed the severity of Day's situation.

They said: "Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury during his bout on Saturday night.

"He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

"As of Sunday evening, Patrick is in a coma caused by the injury. He is in extremely critical condition.

"On behalf of Patrick’s team, we appreciate the outpouring of support, prayers, and offers of assistance from all corners of the boxing community."

I never meant for this to happen to you. I can't stop thinking about it, I prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears.

After the fight, Conwell himself tweeting apologising for what happened, saying: "I never meant for this to happen to you.

"All I wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would, no-one deserves for this to happen to them.

"I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you.

"I can't stop thinking about it, I prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel.

"I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you.

"I thought about quitting boxing but I know that's not what you would want, I know you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to, but to fight and win a world title.

"That's what you wanted and that's what I want, so I'll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every day."

On Sunday, promoter Lou DiBella had pleaded with fans to pray, tweeting: "Please pray for Patrick Day. Please. Such a good person."

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Sun Racing remembers Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy's five best rides of 2019

OISIN MURPHY often champions others, but now is the moment he can champion himself.

The Champion Jockey elect will be crowned best of the best on Saturday – and we've put together his five most memorable moments of the season.


Japan had arguably its finest hour on British shores when star mare Deirdre clobbered her rivals in the Nassau stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Having booked Murphy for the big race, owner Toji Morita could afford to sit back and relax in the final furlong as his five-year-old flew up the rail under a brilliantly timed challenge.

Frankie may have got the fractions slightly wrong on Mehdaayih, but there's no taking away from Murphy's skill in the saddle as he guided her home in front on her first experience of Goodwood's undulations.

It clearly meant a huge amount to him after the race, and remains one of the feel-good stories of the season.

Kick On

This probably went unnoticed by many, but on a Thursday afternoon in August Murphy produced one of the season's most power-packed rides aboard Kick On in the Sovereign Stakes.

The Group 3 at Salisbury attracted a strong field, with former Queen Anne winner Accidental Agent and young gun King Ottokar in the line-up, but in the end only one name mattered.

As the contest reached its climax, Murphy hit the front but had to drive his mount for all he was worth as Accidental Agent loomed up dangerously.

A photograph had to be used to separate the pair, but Murphy's hard work was rewarded and he and Kick On took home the prize.


This year's Falmouth wasn't a vintage renewal, but it certainly had a vintage ride.

Plenty of races on the had seen jockeys take advantage of the 'golden rail' over the course of the July Meeting – and Murphy became the latest to nail the tactics.

With no clear pace in the contest, Murphy took 7-1 shot Veracious straight to the front – and it was over almost before it had begun.

Winding up the fractions from furlong to furlong, the Irish whizz kept every challenger at bay and careered away for an emphatic success.

The victory demonstrated he's not only one of the strongest in the plate, but also one of most tactically astute.


Despite the sad decline of Hughie Morrison's exciting three-year-old, Telecaster's Dante victory lives long in the memory.

Taking on the brilliant Too Darn Hot, Murphy was again at his tactical best on the Knavesmire, following the electric pace of front-runner Turgenev before unleashing his mount in the final two furlongs.

Too Darn Hot tried to go with him but Telecaster got first run and that was what made the difference.

Telecaster received most of the plaudits but it was a brilliant ride and one that perhaps should have more widely publicised afterwards.

Dashing Willoughby

Andrew Balding's mud-lover Dashing Willoughby was in his element at Royal Ascot as the ground turned up soft and the rain came down.

It was a battle of grit for much of the contest and Murphy had his mount positioned in the perfect place just behind the leaders, ready to strike.

As the slow-mo of the Queen's Vase field rounded the home turn, Dashing Willoughby bounded into the lead and ground his way to the front.

Once again Murphy's strength was on show and it was arguably the ride of the meeting.


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Man Utd star Marcus Rashford links up with charity to help the homeless in Manchester – The Sun

MARCUS RASHFORD has launched a heartwarming campaign to help Manchester's homeless this Christmas.

A Mancunian born and bred, the United star wants to give something back to the city he dearly loves by helping those that need it most over the festive season.

The 21-year-old has linked up with Selfridges to launch the "In-the-Box Christmas Campaign" – teaming up to help some of Manchester's biggest homeless shelters – Barnabus, Centrepoint and Lifeshare.

The campaign urges people to wrap festive boxes full of selected items in order to help those less fortunate than themselves.

The items include combs, gloves, hand sanitiser, hand warmers, hats, hypo-allergenic soap, roll on deodorant, socks, thermal underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes and wind up torches.

Rashford wrote on his Instagram page: "I'm Manchester born and bred. And this Christmas I want to give something back to this great city. I'm very proud to be teaming up with @theofficialselfridges for #intheboxmanchester as we look to help those who need it most. Want to get involved and make a difference this Christmas? Then hit the link in my bio".

The charitable Rashford then posted a series a pictures of himself packing boxes full of the approved items that can make a difference for someone this winter.

He urged followers to follow suit and drop off their boxes at Selfridges' Manchester Exchange before December 20.

And the United striker also encouraged generous fans to take a picture of their drop and to share them via his social media accounts with the hashtag #intheboxmanchester – in order to spread the word.

It's not the first time Rashford has shown his charitable side, having previously worked with Unicef.

He also attended a gala with team-mates for the children's charity back in 2017.

I’m Manchester born and bred. And this Christmas I want to give something back to this great city. I’m very proud to be teaming up with @theofficialselfridges for #intheboxmanchester as we look to help those who need it most. Want to get involved and make a difference this Christmas? Then hit the link in my bio ☝🏿

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It marks what's been a good week for Rashford, with United's number ten having returned to form on the pitch by scoring an outstanding goal in England's 6-0 demolition of Bulgaria on Monday night.

The occasion was marred by disgusting racist abuse from Bulgarian fans, but Rashford will be happy with his performance in the match.

The United star will return to action on Sunday when the Red Devils face a Liverpool side that have won every game so far this season.

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Harry Bentley out to cap red-hot streak on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot with Antonia De Vega and Biometric

HARRY Bentley will be out to cap a red-hot run of form with a winner at Ascot on Saturday.

The 27-year-old is set to take two rides on QIPCO British Champions Day, headlined by exciting filly Antonia De Vega in the Fillies & Mares Stakes.

The lightly-raced three-year-old demolished a good field in Listed company when last sighted at Newbury in June.

She is a 10-1 poke for the £550,000 race, with the market headed by the John Gosden-trained pair Star Catcher (13-8) and Anapurna (4-1).

Antonia De Vega has had just four starts and will tackle 1m4f for the first time this weekend, but big-race jock Bentley reckons she will love the step up in trip.

Bentley, who fired in four winners last Saturday, told Sun Racing: "Newmarket last week was a fantastic. It's given myself and the Ralph Beckett team a nice group of horses to look forward to next season.

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'Waging a war': South Korea's football qualifier in Pyongyang

The ‘rough’ World Cup qualifier was played behind closed doors and under a media blackout.

    South Korea’s national football team has described its World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA, football’s world governing body.

    The historic match ended in a stalemate on Tuesday at the Kim Il Sung Stadium, where there were no spectators present.

    The match was also under a media blackout, and the South Koreans first spoke to journalists about the playing conditions upon their return to Seoul on Thursday.

    “The opponents were very rough, and there were moments when very abusive language was exchanged,” Tottenham striker Son Heung-min said.

    “It was hard to concentrate on the match because you were thinking about avoiding injury first … It’s an accomplishment that we returned from a game like that without injury,” Son told reporters at Incheon International Airport.

    The team’s general manager Choi Young-il said the South Korean football association, known as KFA, will discuss whether to submit a complaint to FIFA over what he described as North Korea’s failure to properly accommodate the visiting team and decision to block media and spectators.

    North Korea kept out South Korean media and spectators and refused a live broadcast from the stadium.

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who attended the match, issued a statement on Tuesday saying he was “disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands”.

    “We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists,” Infantino said.

    Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency published only a brief match report, saying the “game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw 0:0”.

    North Korea did provide a DVD recording of the match to South Korean football officials, but South Korean TV channel KBS cancelled plans to broadcast the game on tape delay because of the video’s quality, according to the broadcaster and KFA.

    “We probably won’t get another video from North Korea,” said Park Jae-sung, a KFA official, adding the video was unfit for South Korea’s high-definition TV services.

    ‘Waging a war’

    Choi, a former defender who played for South Korea during the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, said the North Koreans played like they were “waging a war”, violently swinging their elbows and hands and driving into their opponents knee-first when competing for balls in the air.

    “I have never seen something like this in soccer before,” he said.

    When they weren’t playing or training, South Korean players and staff were holed up at the Koryo Hotel, which appeared to have no other guests, Choi said. They had no outside contact, having left their mobile phones at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing before entering the North.

    Choi said North Korean officials didn’t inform the South Korean team the match would be played in an empty stadium.

    “We got there an hour and a half early and kept thinking that the gate will open and a crowd of 50,000 would pour in,” Choi said. “But the gate never opened until the end.”

    The game was the first competitive meeting between the national men’s teams in the North Korean capital, although the North hosted the South in a friendly in 1990.

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    KSI vs Logan Paul 2: Watch Donaire train with Brit ahead of rematch to improve ‘boxing IQ’ – The Sun

    FILIPINO boxing legend Nonito Donaire was a surprise padman for YouTuber KSI, who is preparing to rematch Logan Paul.

    The internet sensation rematches his rival on November 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    After they fought to a draw in an exhibition bout last year, the social media rivals have now sensationally turned professional for the second mega-money bout.

    And Brit KSI – real name Olajide William Olatunji – was seeking pro advice in Las Vegas at the City Athletic Boxing gym.

    The Mayweather Boxing Club shared footage of former four-weight world champion Donaire giving the YouTuber some tips in the ring.

    KSI revealed the 36-year-old – who lost to Carl Frampton last year – helped improve his "boxing IQ" during the pads session.

    He said: “He just came through and told me some gems.

    “This is why I love coming to places like this, there’s nothing like it.

    “You have world champions coming through and telling you to do this, do that. It just increases your boxing IQ and makes you a better boxer.

    “One small thing has improved my boxing IQ tremendously.”

    KSI is trained by ex-English boxing amateur and 3-0 cruiserweight Viddal Riley.

    And Riley's trainer, Jeff, uncle of ring legend Floyd, will now help train the English internet sensation in Vegas.

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    Plymouth striker Calum Dyson retires aged 23 and admits ‘it’s hard to take’ after ankle injury hell – The Sun

    PLYMOUTH striker Calum Dyson has been left devastated after being forced to retire aged just 23.

    The forward was forced to call time on his playing career having failed to recover from an ankle problem which had blighted him over the past two years.

    Liverpool-born Dyson had started his career at Everton where he came through the club's academy.

    He never managed to make a first team appearance for the Toffees although did play in three EFL Trophy games for the club.

    After relatively successful short term loan spells with Stockport, Chester and Grimsby he was allowed to join Plymouth at the start of last season.

    But injuries meant he was unable to make an appearance for the Pilgrims before being sent on loan to Stevenage  at the start of this season.

    But Dyson was unable to get over the ankle problems which had plagued him and had no choice but to accept the advice of specialist by hanging up his boots.

    Now he is having to get used to having to find a new career outside of playing at an early age in his life.

    Dyson said: "Unfortunately after two years of trying to recover from a serious ankle injury I have made the decision to retire from professional football.

    "Being told to retire from your dream has been hard to take, but grateful to have achieved that dream!

    "Looking forward to finding the right thing to do in the next  chapter of my life now.

    "I'd just like to thank all the staff at Plymouth and Everton for their time and effort over the last two years.

    "I've met some great people and mates for life on this journey.

    "Would like to wish all the lads I played with over the years, all the best in their careers – make the most of it!"

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