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Trundle shooting for top honours.

Byline: By Mark Burton

NEW Bristol City striker Lee Trundle has revealed he is determined to force his way into the international reckoning with the Republic of Ireland. The Liverpool-born forward, who has an Irish grandfather, was yesterday completing the formalities of his pounds 1m move from Swansea City.

He impressed when scoring on his Bristol debut in a 2-2 home friendly draw with Yeovil Town on Saturday.

And later Trundle admitted, Id like to play at the highest level and that includes internationals. The arrival of the prolific 30-year-old, who has a pop star girlfriend and dapper dress sense, has caused a real buzz around Ashton Gate.

His grandfather is from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, and Trundle has dreamed of playing international football since he was a schoolboy.

Republic manager Steve Staunton is aware of his eligibility and will no doubt be keeping an eye on his progress in the second tier of the English game.

I scored 20-plus goals a season four years running for Swansea and I believe in my own ability, otherwise I wouldnt have come to the Championship, said the 6ft frontman.

I could have stayed in the comfort zone at Swansea but I had to take the chance to step up and prove myself at a higher level.

Trundles path so far has some parallels with former Republic of Ireland striker John Aldridge.

Both Liverpool-born strikers did not turn professional until their 20s, before making a big impression at Welsh clubs (Aldridge for Newport) and going on to rise through the divisions.

Staunton is not overloaded with options up front as he struggles to lead the Republic to qualification for Euro 2008 but Trundle is an interesting prospect.

Steve Staunton knows Im eligible to play and looked at the level I was at, scoring goals, so I now have to do it in the Championship, he added.

Although relishing his new challenge, Trundle hopes to maintain his links with Swansea. There might be some fans who are sad that I left but I hope the majority look at what Ive done for the club because Swansea is a city I would like to go back to for visits. I do think they will be in the Championship soon. Ill keep a look out for them because its a club close to my heart.
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Title Annotation:Sport Football
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 31, 2007
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