TOWN signing Michael Flynn revealed he’s always kept fit off-season because of his passion for a summer sport – baseball.
The 27-year-old from Newport has played for his hometown St Michael’s club and also for the national side at youth level – when they beat England.
He explained: “British baseball is a lot different to the American game and, unfortunately, it seems to be dying out a bit here.
“There are people at St Michael’s like Norman Parselle and Peter Sanders who do so much for the community by trying to revive the game and keep the kids off the street by getting them interested.
“Whenever I can in the summer I like to go back to Newport, have a game and do what I can to help, because 15 years ago there were a lot more people involved and the standard was also a lot higher in the league than it is now.”
So is he any good?
“I’m not a pitcher, but I like to field and bat and some days I’m good at both and others I’m useless!” he said.
“I did play a youth international, though, and we beat England, which was great.”
So what of this summer?
“I’ve been keeping myself fit and MK Dons looked after me when I was down there, taking me to Portugal with them,” said the man who scored in Europe against Porto for his first club Barry Town.
“I haven’t played a match yet, but I don’t think I’ll be behind anyone at the club when it comes to fitness because I always look after myself.”