Trinidad and Tobago’s US-based defender Shannon Gomez is eagerly awaiting the chance to break into the starting team of New York City FC after the club secured his services on a full time basis from W Connection two days ago.

Gomez has recovered from a torn ACL which sidelined for the majority of this season. He made one appearance for the club under head coach Patrick Vieira. Once he was fully fit again, NYCFC did not hesitate in snapping him up on a full contract after he arrived on loan from W Connection.

“I feel extremely happy to be part of the NYCFC family for a second consecutive year and now on a permanent basis,” Gomez told TTFA Media on Wednesday.

“I am very grateful for what they have invested in me and glad to see t everyone at the club is happy to have me there.”

“ At the moment my physical status is really good. There’s work to be done and I’m just working hard to come back stronger and healthy for the new season,” Gomez continued.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the former T&T Under 20 captain said he is keen to show his work for the club.

“I’m very anxious for the start of the new season with NYCFC because not only am I coming off injury but I will get the opportunity to show again my worth and repay the club for their investment in me. Last season taught me a lot in terms of my development and there were areas in my game where I needed to improve. I was fortunate to have a good solid start at W Connection and now this opportunity is here for me to push on.

“The entire experience helped me a lot to become a much better player. Settling into the club & adapting to the lifestyle at a different level of my career has played a big part on how I see football and in turn carry out my roles and functions,” he said.

“Last season taught me a lot on and off the field. And hopefully now I can put these things into practice as I go about trying to become a better player for club and country,” Gomez added.

Gomez made his senior international debut in an international friendly against Panama in 2015 at the Ato Boldon Stadium.