Trinidad and Tobago National Team captain Densill Theobald has agreed to a one-year contract with Hungarian First Division team Ujpest FC.
Theobald, back in Trinidad a few days ago to have his new passport and work permit transactions completed, had been on trial at the club a couple weeks back before being offered the one year deal with an option to extend.
The now ex-Caledonia AIA midfielder had to return to Port of Spain to obtain a new passport and the club then took care of his work permit allowing him to sign the one year contract on Monday, 24-hours before the League’s transfer deadline.
The former Falkirk FC player is set to return to the club later this week and is already looking ahead to the new challenges at Hungary’s oldest professional football club.
“It came at the right time for me having just come back home from the Gold Cup and after going out there with Jan (Michael Williams) for the trial, I think the head coach was impressed enough to offer the deal even though I got injured midway through the trial. I held talks with them along with my Dutch agent and they felt comfortable offering me the one year deal and I am happy with the way things were handled,” Theobald told TTFF Media.
“I think this is just the kind of move I am looking for at this point in my career because it was always my ambition to go back into Europe after the World Cup and try to gain more experience. My time at Falkirk was a real eye opener and I again want to thank Russell (Latapy) for the making that chance available to me because it not only allowed me to experience the football in Scotland but the time under the “magic” was exceptional and I think he has a lot to offer other players like myself from home.
“I also need to mention Caledonia AIA because that club has come through some struggling times but they are producing some good talent and they provided me with a chance to play my football when I didn’t have a contract outside. I think the experience of working under Leo Beenhakker and then under the current head coach (Wim Rijsbergen) has also played a massive part in my development as a player and in terms of helping me to the current move to Hungary. The TTFF has supported me in some ways as well and I am thankful for that as well as to the Immigration offices in Trinidad which ensured that I got the relevant documents in time for the new work permit,” Theobald added.
Ujpest have won 20 League titles and 8 Cup titles making them one of the most successful clubs in Hungary while their long history makes them the oldest existing one.
“I think the coach and the club on a whole has major ambitions for the new season because they have signed some international players from Hungary and Cameroon to try and strengthen their chances of winning the League and getting into the European competitions and I am really looking forward to being a part of their efforts this season,” concluded the 25-year-old ex-Joe Public player who has 55 appearances for T&T.
Ujpest are also interested in Williams who has since joined Silvio Spann on trial with English side Sheffield United.