Young, talented and somewhat experienced, central defender Daneil Cyrus could be a very valuable addition to DIRETCV W Connection this season.
The 21 year old Trinidad and Tobago international, unattached since completing a six-month stint with Major League Soccer (MLS) club Sporting Kansas City in December, was signed by Connection in early July on a three-year deal.
Cyrus told ttproleague.com, “It was always my dream as a youth growing up, to join W Connection.
“I’m always hearing of the club. I’m now grown into a young man and knowing what I want. I like the direction of the club. It’s just like this club is getting bigger and bigger.”
The Tobagonian born Cyrus is no stranger at the Pro League having represented United Petrotrin and Caledonia AIA prior to his stint in the US.
He has 13 caps with the T&T National Team since his debut against Chile in May 2010 and also represented the country in the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in Korea and the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt.
“I’m a player that’s focused on achieving great things and (W Connection) is a good club for a player to go forward,” continued Cyrus.
“That’s why I chose W Connection. Locally this is the place to be. Year in, year out, you see young players going on trials and earn contracts abroad. The system at the club really prepares players to train at their best everyday just as you’re outside at a (foreign professional club).”
The central defender believes that he can also add experience to a very multitalented Connection, and that could mean another plus for Connection in preparations for upcoming CONCACAF Champions’ League fixtures as well as defense of the domestic Digicel Pro League Championship next season.
“I’m a young player at the age of 21 but I’ve played big football,” added the now Connection defender.
“I believe that I can bring a bit of experience to the younger players who don’t know what it’s about working hard. Although I’m young, I’ve played with big players [at club and national level].”
Cyrus, who is determined to return to abroad as a professional player, said, “My stint at Kansas really opened my eyes to see the real world and how professional players operate day in, day out.
“Out there, they guys are down to business. They are always working hard. Even though they are sick, you’d never know because they are still working hard. The guys out there aren’t better than us [in T&T]. The difference is that they know what they’re about and what they want. It doesn’t matter how hard …they are going to work for it.”