Former Guernsey cap targets Muratti selection for Jersey

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A MURATTI record is on Frank Tobin’s mind this spring as the former Guernsey player eyes selection for Jersey.

The defender, who left Guernsey FC for Jersey Bulls in 2021, intends to make contact with the Jersey FA’s senior men’s manager Martin Cassidy in the coming weeks, with the view to earning a spot in the squad for the Caesareans’ semi-final trip to Alderney.

It is believed that no player has ever been capped by both Jersey and Guernsey in the competition’s 118-year history.

Bristol-born Tobin, who switched islands for work reasons 18 months ago, was in the Sarnians’ starting XI for the 2019 Vase final, which Jersey won on penalties following a 0-0 stalemate. He scored his first goal for Bulls in their 7-0 thumping of Combined Counties Premier South strugglers Frimley Green on Tuesday night, and hopes his recent form will impress Cassidy.

‘I have had everyone asking about it and it would be nice to become the first ever player to play for both islands,’ said former Bristol City academy junior Tobin. ‘My allegiances are with Jersey now and hopefully I can make the team. I would imagine it will be similar squad to the Bulls squad and we do have a solid back-four.’

Tobin now qualifies to play for Jersey in the Muratti by virtue of his registration with the Bulls – a JFA-affiliated club – and the fact that he has been an Island resident for at least one season prior to the semi-final.

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