Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Steve presented with his Welsh cap

STEVE Evans was presented with his Welsh cap ahead of The New Saints' Welsh Premier fixture with Bala Town on Saturday.

The 30-year-old central defender received the cap from Welsh Premier League chairman Phil Woosnam, nearly three years after making his international debut against Liechtenstein.
Evans caught the attention of Wales boss John Toshack after leaving TNS to join Wrexham, then in League Two, in the summer of 2006.
After beginning his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra and West Bromwich Albion, he joined the Saints in 1999, playing in the title-winning side of 2000.
Apart from a brief spell with Oswestry Town, he spent seven seasons with TNS, winning the Welsh Premier player of the season award in 2004/5 and making nine appearances for the Welsh semi-professional side.
Evans impressed Wrexham boss Denis Smith in an FAW Premier Cup semi-final against Wrexham, scoring an equaliser in extra-time to force the game into a penalty shoot-out and joined the Red Dragons on a two-year deal in June 2006.
"He can be as good as he wants to be - maybe he could even do a good job for Wales," said Smith at the time.
"Steve's good in the air, can pass well and reads the game. He's older and wiser and benefits from experience."
After making a seamless transition from the domestic league to Football League Two, he was called up for the 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland in February 2007 when he was praised by Toshack who said, "Steve's in a difficult situation at the bottom of the league with Wrexham, but he's come into our last two games and not put a foot wrong.
"He handled all the aerial stuff and has shown he can step up a level."
Evans returned to the Saints in January this year and has now scored 27 goals from a total of 158 (+11) appearances for the club.
Photo: Steve Evans receieves his cap from Phil Woosnam.

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