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SHAHDON WINCHESTER has been rewarded for his good play in Finland, by being offered a new contract by his club FF Jaro.

“Before I left this year, they offered me a new contract,” Winchester said. “The coach talked to me personally, and tell me he liked my progress, and that I have improved from year to year.”

Originally from Princess Town, Winchester had been a Naparima College and W Connection player at a very young age, and a solid player for Trinidad and Tobago at youth level. He said his greatest area of improvement after playing for two years in two seasons of the Finland Premier League, has been his consistency.

“They like my progress. There has been a mass improvement. Before, I used to play in spurts. Sometimes I am in the game, sometimes I am not in the game. Now, I am more in the game regularly for 90 minutes.”

A child prodigy, Winchester has had previous stints with the senior team as a teenager under former coach Russell Latapy, and also last year under Stephen Hart against Estonia. He has ambition to be a regular member of the senior national setup.

“It’s been a while since I represented my country. So, it a tremendous feeling and I taking it well,” stated the 22-year-old striker.

“I have been on the senior team a couple of times, but it’s a while since I’ve been regular,” Winchester added.

“I want to seal my spot and to be a regular call-up to the national team, and to show what I learned playing in Europe.”