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Football: Scouser Jay's bit of home slickness; DIVISION 1.

Byline: By Alasdair Fraser

ROSS CO 0

DUNDEE 0

JAY SMITH is willing to endure homesickness to become as good as his Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher.

Scouser Smith has swapped the glamour of the Mersey giants for hard graft in the Highlands with Ross County.

He wants to add Scottish strength and grit to his obvious talent as he moves closer to an Anfield departure day.

Smith was the slickest player in a home draw with Dundee and won the man-of-the-match award in only his fourth game for County.

The 21-year-old full-back said: "After 11 years coming through the youth system at Liverpool this should be a good experience for me and the lads here can help me as much as I can help them.

"Here you are playing against older, wiser footballers who know the tricks of the trade.

"It was great to train with the Liverpool first team, especially with Steven Gerrard. But my real hero is Jamie Carragher, a great player and defender and a local lad like me.

"I'm not giving my long-term future too much thought. I'd like to be nearer home but I'll see how I feel when the time comes."

County had fired four past Clyde seven days earlier but seemed to miss new signing Dean Shiels who was sent off on his debut last week.

The draw left them six points off the bottom spot, as Airdrie and Queen of the South closed the gap by two points, but a point was little more use to Dundee.

The Dens Park men looked more dangerous before the break but County took over in the second half.

County boss Scott Leitch said: "A couple of players had a wee bit of an off day."

Dens boss Alex Rae said: "It wasn't a particularly good game but I'm pleased with a hard-fought point."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 29, 2007
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