Vinny Samways: Viva Las Palmas

Vinny Samways is a man I admire. At the age of 28, the classy midfielder gave up the English top flight and stepped into the unknown. He signed for Canary Islands club Las Palmas, then in Spain’s second tier. It was a struggle to adapt at first, not least because of the number of yellow and red cards Vinny received, but in his fourth season there his perseverance paid off when he was part of a promotion-winning side. It felt like he had repaid the islanders for all the warmth and support they had given him.



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