Striker hopes Ross County move can aid Wales ambitions
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Ross County’s final signing in the summer transfer window is hoping that the chance to shine in Dingwall will see him line up with the likes of Gareth Bale.
Alex Samuel became the Staggies’ 12th new arrival when he joined on a two-year deal from Wycombe Wanderers on deadline day, and is set to compete with Jordan White and Dominic Samuel up front for a starting spot.
The 25-year-old has already experienced several highs and lows in his career, having been highly rated as a youngster and even capped for Wales’ under-18 side.
Now, he hopes that signing for County will give him the platform to work his way into the senior international fold for the first time.
“That’s one of my aims and ambitions and dreams,” Samuel said.
“To play for your country is massive, and I think there is a great opportunity – especially for Wales.
“Hopefully I can score a few goals here and show what I can do to put myself in a good place.
“That’s definitely an ambition that I’m aiming for.”
With so many new arrivals this summer, even in his position, Samuel will be out to make a quick impact to secure his place in the side.
The easiest way for him to do that will be by scoring goals, but he believes it may well play to the club’s advantage to have so many signings starting out together.
“Really we’re all in the same boat,” he reasoned.
“We’ve all come up here, and in ways it’s an advantage. I think it’s good there are a lot of new lads, because we can gel together and form a strong bond straight away.
“That’s a positive for the club I guess, we can all grow and develop together as a team, and that’s something I’m really excited about.
“Putting the ball in the net is one of the tougher jobs, but it’s a rewarding one.
“The hardest thing in football is scoring goals, so it comes with pressure but all I can do is give my best wherever I go.
“I would run through a brick wall for this club, that’s my heart, and I’m hoping the goals will come and I’m sure they will.”
After being part of a fairytale run with Wycombe in recent years though, scoring is not all Samuel wants to do.
“I want to play as many games as I can, but also at Wycombe we really established a close-knit team,” Samuel explained.
“Anyone could see that, so that’s what I’m also hoping to bring here. I want to show that there’s more to life than football, and it’s about creating a family.
“That’s something I would love to bring. I’ve seen and lived that, when you play as a team all together you’re so much better.”