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 Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 10:38 GMT
Hughes targets Villa youngster
Wales manager Mark Hughes is checking the progress of another Premiership prospect with dual nationality.

Hughes has already asked Manchester United striker Daniel Nardiello to choose Wales instead of his native England.

And now Hughes' mission of finding the next generation of Welsh stars has taken him to Aston Villa.

Rob Edwards, who signed a new three year deal with Villa last week, has made three first-team appearances so far this season.

I'm not getting carried away with things

Aston Villa's Rob Edwards
The 20-year-old defender was born in Telford, but Edwards would qualify for Wales because both his parents are Welsh.

His father, Alan, represented Wales at under-18 level.

Edwards has stressed his main concern at this stage of his fledgling career is becoming a regular for his club rather than worrying about a possible international tug-of-war.

He said: "I've played at youth level for England, but I've never played a Uefa recognised game, so I've got a choice of playing for Wales or England.

"That might be a decision for the future, but at the moment, I just want to concentrate on Villa and we'll see what happens.

"If I do get the pick of two countries somewhere down the line, that will be a nice position to be in.

"Nothing's happened as yet though, and I'm not getting carried away with things."


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