MOD­EST STRIKER IS HERO ON HOME IS­LAND

The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW -

WHEN it is sug­gested to Nahki Wells that he is a “hero” in Ber­muda, the striker awk­wardly fum­bles for words.

“Well, yeah, I guess so if that’s how you want to put it,” he says.“I sup­pose I’m quite well known.”

Wells is be­ing mod­est. Google his name and the top two news re­ports are from Ber­mu­dan pa­pers cov­er­ing his ex­ploits with Hud­der­s­field.

As ex-Man City star Shaun Goater and for­mer Stoke striker Kyle Light­bourne found, the Ber­mu­dans love noth­ing more than a lo­cal boy mak­ing head­lines in Blightly.

“The sup­port’s great,” he says.“They love to see peo­ple do­ing well over­seas and hope­fully paving the way for other young play­ers to fol­low suit.

“I watched the likes of Shaun and Kyle when I was a bit younger and they were my role mod­els.They showed me that if you have abil­ity, you can make some­thing of your­self.

“Now young, am­bi­tious foot­ballers will be look­ing up to me and as a Ber­mu­dian I want to help them along the way. I hope I can do that.”

Wells still speaks to Goater, the striker whose 84 goals in 184 games helped Man City rise from the sec­ond di­vi­sion to the Pre­mier League – though con­trary to pop­u­lar myth, he was not ad­vised to come to Eng­land by the 43-yearold.

“I’ve spo­ken to Shaun quite a few times, but not like that,” he adds.“I think it was re­ported in the pa­pers and mis­un­der­stood some­where along the line. It’s not that I didn’t speak to him. It’s just that I didn’t need ad­vice be­cause I didn’t have any op­tions. I had the chance to go to Leeds, it was ob­vi­ously a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity. I didn’t need any con­vinc­ing.

“But I still see him and he con­tin­ues to wish me well. He’s al­ways there if I need ad­vice, which is great.”

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