It’s been a career of highs and lows for Connah’s Quay Nomads forward Jamie Insall. Fortunately for us we got a chance to speak to him (virtually) about his career and his past twelve months at Deeside. TIWF: "Firstly, tell us about your time playing in Scotland? Signing for Hibernian and then winning the league on loan at East Fife." JI: "Signing for Hibernian was a mad experience. I must admit I didn’t know much about Scotland being from the Midlands but as soon as I went there and saw the stadium, met the staff and players I knew it was a special club to me. Going on loan was amazing for me. Winning individual awards and winning my first league title was amazing as it set me up well for full time football." TIWF: "How did you manage with the period where you weren’t able to play after being given the two year ban and what affect did it have on you both personally and also in terms of your career? Did it have an affect on you reaching the height of your career?" JI: "It was tough for me and my family but that’s what kept me going, the love on a daily basis from my son, mum, nan, family and friends was amazing and something I will never forget. I believe it was the start something big and could of went on to be amazing but life takes you in different directions and I believe I’m a strong character now where nothing fazes me." TIWF:"Considering you’ve had off the field issues in the last few years, were you surprised when a move to Connah’s Quay happened? How did the move come about and what influenced you to join?" JI: "I knew the assistant manager (Craig Harrison) was interested in me from day one. He had his eye on me whilst he was at The New Saints and wanted to take me there, however he didn’t manage to make it happen. There were a few clubs that were interested in me but I felt that Andy Morrison sold me the dream to sign for Connah’s Quay and I definitely made the right choice with the things that we have gone on to achieve." TIWF: "How does playing in Wales differ to playing in Scotland and have you preferred your time in Wales compared to up North?" JI: "For me they were totally different parts of my career. Scotland has a place in my heart, the fans and people are amazing and made me feel special from day one. Playing in Wales has been so much fun and has got my hunger for the game stronger then ever. The competitions and league is strong than ever in Wales too and is going in the right direction to get stronger each year" TIWF: "Sum up your first full season with the Nomads for us. What’s it been like playing in the Welsh top flight for the first time?" Jamie: "I’m really enjoying my time here. The management team expect us to be at our best in every training session and even at the ripe age of 28, I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about my game and adapted massively in parts of my game which have been weak." TIWF: "Finally, what are your best memories and stand out moments from this season. Have you exceeded your expectations or had you wished for better in terms of personal performance?" JI: "My scoring tally hasn’t been bad and to be in the top 3 in the goal scoring charts with 2 players that have won this award on numerous occasions is amazing. Playing in the Europa League has got to be the best part so far, but for my first season back I’m feeling better than ever and believe I still have so much to give and will continue to give my all for this club."
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