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GUTTED; ICELAND NOT THE PLAICE FOR ME Sinclair: I was hired to play football but they stuck me in a fish factory.

Byline: ANDREW MCINNES sport@dailyrecord.co.uk

DAVID SINCLAIR thought his career was hitting new heights when he secured a move to Iceland alongside former Scotland international Nigel Quashie.

But the reality was day-long shifts at a fish processing factory and an even colder shoulder from the former Tartan Army favourite.

Sinclair, formerly of Livingston, Ayr and Airdrie, is now back home looking for a club after discovering the grass certainly isn't greener on the North Atlantic island.

The midfielder said: "I left Airdrie in January. Gary Bollan had come in and I'd won back-to-back promotions working under him at Livingston so I thought I'd get a regular run.

"However, after I had played back-to-back games at Ibrox in November, where I thought I'd done OK, I was left out of the team and it was time to move on.

"At first I joined my former Livingston pal Cammy MacDonald at Kitsap Pumas in the USA but it was more about coaching over there and I was really desperate to play again.

"So when the opportunity to go to Iceland came up in February I flew directly from America to Reykjavik and I was very excited about the whole thing after agreeing a one-year deal.

"The chairman of the team BI/ Bolungarvik had come in for me a couple of years earlier, through an Icelandic agent, but I opted to join Ayr instead."

Sinclair, 23, admitted his dream quickly turned into a nightmare when the reality of his situation became apparent.

He added: "The team was based in the town of Isafjordur, which is six hours from the capital Reykjavik and is in a very remote corner of the country.

"At first I was buzzing at the prospect of a fresh start but I got a big surprise when I was told I'd have to work from eight in the morning until 5pm every day in the local fish processing factory as part of my contract.

"I'd had no idea about that until I got there. I knew some work would be involved but I assumed I would be on the ground staff of the club.

"It was minus 10 every day and after work you would train, sometimes on the snow and ice, which was very risky.

"I played five games in a pre-season League Cup and once I hit my stride I was playing well but the whole situation wasn't very good.

"Nigel Quashie was there but we didn't exactly bond. There was a bit of a big fish in a small pond mentality with him. He liked to be in charge.

"Don't get me wrong, he's not a bad guy but there was no socialising with him or anything like that despite the Scotland connection.

"The positive side is that I did learn a thing or two from Nigel when we played together in the midfield in those five games.

"I stuck it out in Iceland for three months but now I'm back home again and I appreciate Scottish football a lot more as a result.

"I'm still young and believe I have a lot to offer. Stirling Albion have offered me training facilities and I'm dying to get a team sorted so I can start playing again."

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HAND OF COD Sinclair went from playing for Ayr, above, to gutting fish in Iceland
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Date:May 29, 2014
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