Central F.C. Head Coach and Technical Director, Terry Fenwick made four additional signings on transfer deadline day to finalise the squad that will hunt for trophies in the 2013/14 Pro League season.
The surprise signing was defender Elton John from North East Stars. “To be honest, although I’ve always admired Elton’s play since he was with me at Jabloteh as a youngster, it wasn’t until the morning of transfer deadline day that I realised he was available.” said Fenwick.
“Our midfielder Jason Marcano, mentioned Elton was looking for a new club and I immediately contacted him to sign with us.”
Another Pro League defender Akeem Benjamin joined The Sharks from W.Connection. Benjamin, better known as Battery, is viewed by Fenwick as a key component in his defensive line up.
“We have methodically selected our new editions for specific purposes. I am very excited about the new Pro League season. We have composed a very capable squad and I can’t wait to see them begin the 2013/14 campaign.”
Aside from John and Benjamin, Central F.C. also added striker Keon Trim and Jamaican midfielder Toric Robinson to their roster.
“Trimmy is a hard working forward and I’ve known him a while, so I know exactly what he’ll bring to the team” said Fenwick. “I’ve also heard some positive views about Toric. I’ve seen several videos of his performances in the USL for Dayton Dutch Lions and I saw him play for Antigua Barracudas against us earlier this year.”
“We’ve had several overseas players on trial during pre season including Brazilians, but we will always opt for local lads unless a foreign boy can bring something really different to the club. Toric can play a decent ball, but he also closes down continuously and his work rate is impressive.”
29 year old Keon Trim, who hails from Laventille, played under Fenwick at Jabloteh before moving to St Ann’s Rangers and also performed coaching roles at Fenwick’s Football Factory coaching school.
26 year old Elton John, who lives in San Juan, will be joining his brother, T&T international Jason Marcano at the California based club. Marcano, who has his sights set firmly on winning a regular place in the national team, is looking forward to linking up on the field with his brother. “Of course, we’ve played football together since we were children, but it will be great to play together for Central”
Jamaican, Toric Robinson said that he was so impressed with Central F.C. before he even arrived in Trinidad that he had no doubts that this was the right move to make.
“Just the way the club dealt with my transfer gave me huge confidence” said the 27 year old midfielder. “I’ve played for several clubs, but Central is definitely the most professional. They sent me lots of info about the club including videos and links to their facebook page.
I even received an email from the Managing Director, Brent Sancho saying that he was looking forward to seeing me play for the club. These details make a huge difference and it’s made me even more committed to helping The Sharks win trophies.”
Robinson, who now lives in New Jersey, USA, said his favourite food is callaloo and dumplings and he can’t wait to try the Trini version. “People will say that Jamaican food and Trini food is different, but once you live overseas in places like USA, you can’t wait to eat proper Caribbean cooking again. I don’t think I’ll be going hungry in Trinidad!”