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Hamon gets some post Exeter cheer

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GUERNSEY have named a surprising – and very exciting – ‘new’ goalkeeper for the fast-approaching Inter Games Tournament in Ynys Mon.

Back in the Guernsey ranks: James Hamon is delighted to be working again with Island manager Chris Tardif. (Picture by Phil Mingo/Pinnacle, 24891081)

Recent Exeter City release James Hamon is delighted to be representing his home island once more following a few earlier appearances as an outstanding youngster.

Hamon spent his teenage GFC appearances playing second fiddle to veteran Chris Tardif, though he has not looked back after earning the special opportunity to trial for the Grecians in 2013.

After many appearances in six years with the EFL League Two side, the 23-year-old has enjoyed a few positive discussions with that same Tardif on the prospect of a one-off island representation.

‘It’s a great opportunity to find my feet in a team again and see how it goes from there,’ said Hamon after the recent team announcement.

‘I am excited. I had my first training session [Thursday] night and the group has got a great bunch of players – very lively and all keen to get going.

'There’s some real class in there, as well as some young lads who will cherish the experience.

‘We are going in to try and win the tournament ... we have a great mix of experience and youth, and we are going there to be competitive.’

Hamon certainly hasn’t ruled out the possibility of future island representations. However, he feels that these are more likely to come in the distant future, with his main goal currently finding another team on the UK pyramid.

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‘Hopefully I will find another club in the UK but definitely in the long-term future, I can see myself playing for Guernsey – maybe coming at the end of my career,’ he added.

Guernsey are in a three-team group with St Helena and Shetland Isles, who they face in their opening game a week today.

SQUAD: James Hamon, Kyle De Garis (Sylvans), Brad O’Regan (St Martin’s), Marlon Jardim (Manzur), Jacob Fallaize (GFC), Frank Tobin (GFC), Keanu Marsh (GFC), Louis Hunter (St Martin’s), Matt Loaring (GFC), Niall Hainsworth (Rovers), Sam Hale (St Martin’s), Sam Hall (Rovers), Simon Geall (St Martin’s), Steve Renouf (St Martin’s), Tom Strawbridge (Rovers), Tiago Rodrigues (Rovers), Thomas Dodds (GFC), Tyler McKane (Rovers), Will Fazakerley (GFC).

Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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