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Fulham defender James Musa grateful to Wellington Phoenix for dumping him

Kiwi defender James Musa admits he owes his move to Fulham thanks to REJECTION by the Wellington Phoenix!

The young stopper is now making a career for himself in the best competition in the world after being dumped by the A-League club.

Musa explained to fulhamfc.com: "There is one team from New Zealand [Wellington Phoenix] that plays in the A-League [Australia's top league] and someone I knew got me a trial with them. I did quite well so I was signed as an injury replacement for a couple of weeks and then I did well during that spell which led to a full-time contract for the next season. I was only around 17, 18 then and was there for a season and played three games in the A-League.

"Then I was released, along with a lot of other players, at the end of that season as the owner left so they had to release a lot of players. Then I joined up with the New Zealand Under-20 side and went to the U20 World Cup last year. I played in that where we did alright and came back to New Zealand and just played locally to try and help me get into the Olympic team. I managed to do that and then obviously played in that and I must have done reasonably well as it got me to Fulham!"

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