The BREK SHEA made an immediate impact at Inter Miami’s pre-season training… after catching a snake with his steady hand.
The new MLS season hasn’t even started yet, but the former Stoke star, 31, provided his first assist since re-signing with Phil Neville’s side.
Channeling his inner Steve Irwin, the Texan native came to the rescue during training after he eliminated an unexpected guest in Fort Lauderdale.
The 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup winner, who joined the Potters from FC Dallas in January of that year, can be seen calmly grabbing the snake.
One video tweeted fielded by Inter Miami showing the versatile left-back/winger picking up the snake as it begins to curl around his leg.
He then put the reptile in the trash for a Miami employee to carry it into the parking lot.
Shea reveals that in just one more day he has grown up with snakes and lizards.
Talk to Miami Herald, he said: “I grew up raising snakes, lizards, everything, I like them.
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“Most people are afraid of them, but they are quite beautiful.
“They said ‘Watch out, there’s a snake,’ and I just wanted to see it.”
That is perhaps not an issue Shea has encountered too often during his brief spell in England, during which he also spent time on loan at Barnsley and Birmingham.
Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham, launched Shea at the end of last season, only for him to step down during the upcoming campaign.
And Shea spoke of his joy at being handed a new contract.
I said Miami’s website: “I’m very happy to be back. I like being here, I like this team, I like this organization, I just do what is asked of me as usual.
“If I was asked to be a player, I would be a key player. If asked to come on from the bench, I would come on from the bench.
“If I’m a starter or whenever I’m invited on to the pitch, I’ll give my all every time I go on the pitch.
“It was amazing, everyone had so much energy, so excited. I was impressed by a lot of guys. They definitely have more energy, bite a lot, are hungry a lot so it’s very exciting.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8245053/inter-miami-brek-shea-catches-snake-training/ Watch the terrifying moment Inter Miami star Brek Shea catches SNAKE with his bare hands in practice as it curls around his leg