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New club for ex-Saddler Clayton Ince

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Former Walsall star Clayton Ince has come out of retirement to play for Trinidad outfit Ma Pau Sports Club.

Former Walsall star Clayton Ince has come out of retirement to play for Trinidad outfit Ma Pau Sports Club.

The 38-year-old quit football last May and returned to Trinidad to focus on his sports academy.

But after coaching with Ma Pau since his homecoming he has signed a professional deal and is relishing the chance of playing again.

"I've been doing a bit of coaching back home and have enjoyed it," he said. "I'm good friends with the Ma Pau coach and he just asked me if I wanted to help out.

"When you're out there training you get the bug back, so when they asked me to sign I was delighted. It's a professional league and Ma Pau are doing well in fourth place.

"It's nice to be playing in January with the temperature still warm! I don't miss the English winters, that's for sure."

Ince made 169 appearances for the Saddlers after signing from Coventry in 2006 and kept a club record 22 clean sheets as they romped to the League Two title in 2006-07.

He won the Saddlers' Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season in 2008-09 before losing his place to Rene Gilmartin at the end of last term.

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But Ince insisted he keeps tabs on his former club and hopes they survive.

"Of course I still look for Walsall's results," he said. "I know it's been a tough season so far but I hope the guys can turn it around.

"It's a good club with good people and terrific fans."

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