Michael Chopra claims that he has turned over a new leaf and wants to have an Alan Shearer type influence in Scotland.

Alloa’s new signing says that he hasn’t moved to Scotland for money and simply wants to pass on the experience that he gained from the legendary NUFC no.9, as well as others such as Patrick Kluivert and Michael Owen.

Maybe the 31 year old has had a ‘road to Damascus’ type change in his life…

Speaking to the Daily Record:

“I remember as a young boy at Newcastle playing with Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Patrick Kluivert, who gave me the best
 experience possible.

“They made me the player I am today and I’ll try to help all the young boys at the club and pass my experience on to them.

“They (Alloa players) might need that extra bit of experience and hopefully that’s where I come in.”

It’s not about the money:

“I’ve had problems in the past but I’ve moved on. Everyone makes mistakes and I certainly made some but I’ve cleaned up my act and I’m on the straight and narrow.”

“This isn’t a financial thing because I could have got more money from one of the offers I had in England, I just want to play and get some goals. When this was all outlined to me I jumped at the chance to come up.”

Always dreamed of the Petrofac Training Cup…;

“I’m also desperate to play in the Petrofac Training Cup Final because I’ve never won anything in the game.”

Yes whilst the rest of us were dreaming of Wembley and scoring the winner in the FA Cup final, or lifting the European Cup/Champions League (depending on your age…), young Michael Chopra lay awake at night wondering just how it would feel to proudly hold that Petrofac Training Cup!

Just in case you weren’t fully aware of this renowned competition….

It is now in its 24th season and this years comprised 30 members of the 2014–15 Scottish Championship-League Two, the top Highland League club with a valid SFA club licence (Brora Rangers) and the highest placed team from last season in the Lowland League with a valid SFA club licence (Spartans).

The final will between Chopra’s Alloa Athletic and Championship strugglers Livingston at St. Jonstone’s McDiarmid Park ground.

Ironically, as that Scottish trophy is decided, on the same day (5 April) Sunderland take on Newcastle in the derby, the scene of Michael Chopra’s only goal and for Newcastle in the 4-1 win that marked Shearer’s last ever game.

Yes, I bet nothing in the world could have persuaded Chopra to give up that Petrofac Training Cup final, to turn out instead at the Stadium of Light.

Unconfirmed reports claim that when not training ort playing, Micahel Chopra’s new hobby is helping little old ladies cross the road safely.