Motherwell's Harry Paton determined to seize latest chance for Canada

The 25-year-old is hoping he can earn his first cap against Japan.

Motherwell midfielder Harry Paton determined to seize latest chance for Canada SNS Group

Motherwell midfielder Harry Paton is determined to seize his latest chance for Canada after a false start to his international career.

The uncapped 25-year-old has been named in the squad to face Japan in a friendly in Niigata on October 13.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. To be able to represent your country is a dream of mine.

“I had a small sniff of it before when I was called up for the Gold Cup. I didn’t get my first cap but I am looking forward to hopefully getting my first cap and playing for my country.”

That experience in the United States in 2021 proved to be a frustrating one for the then Ross County midfielder.

“It was a tough one for me,” Paton said. “It was kind of at the peak of Covid. I travelled down there and I ended up getting Covid when I landed. I had to do my isolation.

“I trained with them when I was out but I was only fit for the quarter-finals and semi-finals so it would have been a big ask to throw me straight in.

“But I still got a good feel for what they want and felt like I showed myself well there.

“I just want to kick on and hopefully I can keep my place in the squad and move forward.”

Paton goes into Saturday’s cinch Premiership clash at Livingston on a good run of form after shaking off a niggle following re-signing for the club ahead of the new season.

“When I came in I had a small groin injury which set me back a little bit,” he said. “But I worked with the staff and cheers to them for getting me back fit and ready.

“I have been trying to get that consistency. I feel really fit just now and I have been enjoying my football.”

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