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Inniss considers T&T but wants Birchall to help with transition.

On-loan Port Vale central defender Ryan Inniss wouldn't mind suiting up for Trinidad and Tobago but wants Christopher Birchall alongside him to help make the transition a comfortable one.

The towering 6-5 defender has been training with the Valiants for three weeks after recovering from a shoulder injury but has had to come through a number of training sessions to satisfy his parent club Crystal Palace.

Soca Warriors Online (SWO) caught up with former T&T midfield sensation Christopher Birchall who revealed some mix news for the Soca Warriors team manager to chew on: “I've spoken to Inniss before and continue to try and influence him to play for T&T but he needs time as it's a huge decision for him.”

“He also has strong interest from Ireland U-21s. Just like me, it's a daunting prospect, as he's never stepped foot in the country. He loves trying to find and learn all about the T&T culture and the memories of the World Cup that he's learned through my eyes and my journey has made him feel closer.”

“I know there's a new president there now, maybe he could make things possible for Inniss because he's a good player and would surely add some stability to the T&T team for many years to come because he is still very young and must be groomed the right way.”

“He said if he was to come over to Trinidad he'd want me to come along with him and shadow him and make that transition a little easier, but would surely consider giving T&T a try if this becomes a reality.”

“I had Clayton Ince and Carlos Edwards when I first arrived and without then there's no way I would have settled in and I know having someone around is a small thing but massive in the scheme of things.”

“Just that I feel like If the opportunity came up I'd love to give back to Trinidad and Tobago football and help with the national team in whatever capacity if wanted, added Birchall.”

Meanwhile, Port Vale manager Rob Page told the Sentinel: “He was swayed by the fact that Inniss has only played one reserve game for Vale since his return from injury, because last Wednesday's fixture against Wrexham was washed out. Also, we were off the back of two wins and two clean sheets. So, it was a little bit hard for him, but he is a great lad.”

“He was in there with the boys before and after the game, and on the bench with us. He is a terrific character, ended Page.”

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