Sean Latimer: I was told to be on a plane to American Samoa in six days!

Imagine signing for a club, playing six matches for them but never visiting their home ground. Well that's exactly what Sean Latimer did earlier this year. The 25-year-old forward was playing in New Zealand's regional leagues when he received a call to play for the champions of the Cooks Islands, Tupapa Maraerenga.  "I got a phone …

Lewis Jones: The British Virgin Islands international ready to turn pro

There cannot be many footballers who have left Litherland REMYCA, a ninth-tier club from Liverpool, to go on to become full internationals but when Lewis Jones played for the British Virgin Islands against Martinque two years ago, he achieved that feat. Of course a lot has changed from when he was a young footballer back …

Aaron Oakley: I love the possession based football we play at Ytterhogdals

Paolo Di Canio may have ended his managerial career at Swindon Town by breaking into his old office at the County Ground but Aaron Oakley was there before all the madness. Five years on and after spending nearly two years in Sweden, it was a time in the defender's career which is still well remembered …

Udoyen Akpan: Playing abroad helps you find yourself as a person and as a footballer

A lot has been written about the difficulties young English players have when trying to break into senior football. For Udoyen Akpan, a young forward from Liverpool, it was no different but his chances of a breakthrough were further hampered by the struggles of his club at the time, Tranmere Rovers. Despite that, the 19-year-old …

Robin Shroot: Too many clubs see players as players and don’t value them as people

Robin Shroot came into the pro game later than most of his peers but despite only being in full time football for nine years, he has collected more knowledge than most. He has experience of playing football at many different levels. From battling out in non-league football to playing at the highest level of football …

Harry Williams: Former Cheltenham Town Young Player of the Year talks Sacramento Republic and future aspirations

Harry Williams may only be 22-years-old but he already has two seasons of professional football abroad under his belt. The two years he spent playing for Sacramento Republic saw him go from playing in National League North to taking on international players in front of big crowds on a weekly basis. He may have taken …

Paco Craig: The USL Cup winner on West Ham, college and making his mum proud

For Paco Craig, the 2011/12 season was spent playing in front of a few hundred fans in National League North. Six years on and the defender regularly plays in front of packed stadiums with as many as 25,000 fans looking on. Rather surprisingly, it was a step back from senior football which led to the …