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Monday 20 August 2018

Winning Strictly is my goal -- footballer Savage

Robbie Savage has set his sights on the glitter ball trophy and pledged to "put 100pc in" to his attempt to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The former footballer admitted he was "the underdog" and said he was "intimidated" by appearing on the hit BBC ballroom show which launches tomorrow.

He said: "Success for me would be winning it.

"Now I'm in, I'm going to train. You know, I wasn't the best footballer in the world but what I did was was I put 100pc in. I'm going to train 10 hours a day."

Savage (right) said his first appearance at the pre-recorded launch show had already provided him with a career first -- being cheered rather than booed by a crowd.

The Welsh football star, who retired from the game last season, said: "On the red carpet there I said to the dancers, 'That's the first time I've been cheered in my life'."

Meanwhile, boxing champion Audley Harrison is hoping his size 17 feet do not get in the way of his bid for ballroom glory.

The 6ft 5in former heavyweight said he was the "tallest, heaviest and most clumsy" of all the celebrities in this year's contest.

He said: "I'm hopeful my two left feet will separate and I'll be able to groove on that dancefloor."

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