Darren Mitchell has described his first weeks at Guatemalan club Deportivo Guastatoya as challenging but he is getting closer to comfort with every day that passes in the Central American destination.
The 27-year-old player, formerly of Tobago Phoenix and Central FC, has played in a couple training matches for the club so far.
“The experience with my new club so far have been challenging but great. The players and staff have made me feel good, almost as if I am home. I just have to work on my Spanish,” Mitchell said on Wednesday.
He would probably want to consider practicing the language with the likes of Daneil Cyrus and Jan Michael Williams as well as Mexican-based duo Shahdon Winchester and Jomal Williams who have all found themselves needing to at least understand the language due to their destination of choice in recent times.
“For me it’s great to be here because I’ve always wanted to experience playing abroad. I’ve just got to work hard and do well for the club and better my name and my reputation as a player,” said Mitchell, who was born in Princes Town but grew up in Tobago.
Mitchell was brought back into the national set up earlier this year by Dennis Lawrence for a friendly against Barbados and he reckons his time in national colours has had a positive impact on him.
“Being on the national team earlier this year has done a lot for me because it created opportunities abroad for me and also help me to build my confidence as a player. As I try to settle more to the conditions here, I would just would like to thank my mom for her continuous support and belief in me and Sergi Roca (agent) for getting me this opportunity,” said Mitchell, who is on a one-year contract with Guastatoya.