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Dorman reveals his Wales dreams

Andy Dorman shows off his award
Dorman is February's Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month

St Mirren midfielder Andy Dorman hopes to realise his Welsh international dream - despite not being Welsh.

The 26-year-old played for Wales schoolboys but his international career ended there as he does not qualify for the Welsh international sides.

The Welsh and Irish FAs have already backed the SFA's plan to allow players to represent a country where they have had at least five years of schooling.

Dorman said: "I would love to have the opportunity to represent them."

While Dorman's immediate aim is to keep St Mirren up, he is awaiting the outcome of talks between the four British football associations with interest.

Dorman was born in Chester to English parents but he was educated at Hawarden High School in North Wales, following in the footsteps of former pupils Gary Speed and Michael Owen.

Dorman, though, was forced to end his Wales career in his teenage years.

"I played under-18 schoolboys," he recalled.

"I think it was just before the rule changed where to play for the schoolboys you had to have been born in Wales or have Welsh parents.

"I lived in Wales for 18 years and went to school there, so I would love to have the opportunity to represent them.

"I would love to play international football."

Should Dorman be allowed to realise his Wales dream, he would be battling to get into a strong Wales midfield.

Welsh boss John Toshack has a embarrassment of riches including Simon Davies, Jason Koumas, Joe Ledley, Simon Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison, Carl Fletcher, Carl Robinson and Joe Allen.

St Mirren, meanwhile, have taken up the option to extend the contract of Dorman, February's Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month, by another year until the summer of 2010.

Dorman moved to Paisley from American MLS outfit New England Revolution in January 2006.

He has been a key figure for Gus MacPherson's side and has scored seven goals this season.

Four of those goals came last month in the Scottish Cup and league draws with Motherwell, Falkirk and Hearts.

"It's a proud moment in my career," said Dorman.

"But at the same time I'm aware of the influence of my coach and team-mates had upon me being able to receive the award

"We've come a long way since last year. I think we play a much more attractive style of football.

"This year, I think we are a few wins away from having a good season.

"I've enjoyed my time here and I am happy to stay here for another year."

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