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Humphrey to provide excitement on wing

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The latest addition to the Reggae Boyz squad, 24-year-old Chris Humphrey, is seeking to bring his own bit of excitement to a squad blessed with attacking options.

The 24-year-old, who plies his trade for Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League, is hoping to make his international debut in today's match against Panama after receiving his first ever call-up.

Humphrey was born in Jamaica but left the island at age five to reside in Walsall where he joined Walsall's Centre of Excellence before moving to West Bromwich Albion. Last season he played 36 games for Motherwell scoring two goals as well as assisting with numerous to help his team to third place in the league behind Celtic and Rangers and a place in the qualifying round for the Champions League.

"It's every footballer's dream; everyone wants to play for their country and finally, hopefully, I can have a chance to do that," Humphrey expressed. "I am going to try and bring a little bit of excitement to the squad just like everyone else and try and play the best I can do. The only way I can prove to people what I can do is when I'm on the pitch and get a chance to play," he added.

He is also qualified to play for Scotland, as his mother was born there. He, however, deemed it a simple decision to make when Jamaica came calling in 2011 for the Gold Cup campaign which he missed due to illness in his family.

"As soon as I found out that Jamaica was interested, despite Scotland having shown interest, there was only one winner," Humphrey revealed. "I am here and I am just happy to be in Jamaica and I want to play for my country," he added.

Good squad

The winger is expected to provide good service to the likes of Luton Shelton, Marlon King and Ricardo Fuller with his pace, power and accuracy with crosses.

"When you come here and you see players like that you say yes we have got a good squad and it is nice to see players like that come in and represent their country," Humphrey expressed. "I'm looking forward to playing with those two (King and Fuller) and the rest of the squad. We have some great players here, so I'm looking forward to playing with them."

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