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Jayson Leutwiler on representing Canada

21 March 2017

Town 'keeper looking for his second cap against Scotland

This week Town’s stopper Jayson Leutwiler travels to Scotland to meet up with the Canada squad ahead of their International Friendly with Scotland at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

Leutwiler has been a key figure in Town’s side for several seasons now and he was rewarded with a first call-up and International debut for Canada last year when he faced South Korea.

Despite being born in Switzerland and representing them up to Under-20s – the ‘keeper decided to switch allegiances when he was called up by Canada last November.

“It’s a very proud moment for myself and for my family,” he said.

“I will go there and try to represent myself and the club as best as I can. It’s a short journey so I’m very happy to be honest.

“It’s a mid-week game as well – so I won’t miss any games for Shrewsbury – I’m very happy that the short journey won’t affect my recovery at all.”

The Scotland-Canada game comes on Wednesday 22 March – after Town’s clash with Port Vale and before the trip to Bolton the following weekend.

“Obviously you really hope to get in there but you never know. I was very happy and surprised when they emailed me – so now I’m just looking forward to it.

“I’m going to go there and give everything – and see what happens.”

Town’s boss Paul Hurst also congratulated Leutwiler – though admitted he is pleased that Town’s No. 1 will not miss any games.

“My heart sank a little bit thinking about when it was going to be, but thankfully he can go there and not miss any games,” he said.

“It’s a good honour for Jayson and builds on when he went away and made his debut, so congratulations to him.

“It’s come at a time in his career where he probably thought it would never happen, so he’s making the most of it now and I’m sure he would like to be involved as much as he can.”