Sierra Leone international, Abdulai Bell Baggie has said he is focusing more on his career with English League Division Two side, Tranmere Rovers than the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars.
The 22-year-old winger seeks to establish himself as a regular first-team starter for Tranmere Rovers which has him miss the country’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ivory Coast and DR Congo despite been ruled out by injury but he made a quick return before the two matches.
The Rovers boss, Rob Edwards believes Baggie has an opportunity to prove himself over the next eight months.
“I think Baggie is in a group of players here who can really hurt teams at this level, as long as he plays to his strengths in a way that suits us,” Edwards said. “His performance in the second half at Accrington was terrific. I would not have liked us to be playing against him.
Baggie joined Tranmere in the summer of 2012 following a trial. He made 34 senior appearances in his first season and just 15 last season, when he was dogged by injuries.
Ronnie Moore, the manager who gave Baggie his first two contracts at Prenton Park, challenged the winger to make an impact on games as a starting player but ultimately he was only used mostly from the bench.
Baggie believes he is being offered a fresh opportunity by Edwards.
“The gaffer has faith in me and I’m enjoying my football now,” he said.
“I feel I have a chance of getting a lot of games this season. I hope I can kick on and try to get Tranmere back into League One.”
Edwards reckons Baggie has the potential to play higher up the divisions.
“I don’t see why Abs can’t be a Championship player,” he said.