Trevin Caesar’s recent move to the North American Soccer League (NASL) outfit San Antonio Scorpions can be considered a huge blow to North East Stars. But for head coach of the Sangre Grande club, Angus Eve, the focus is on the positive move presented to the 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago forward.
“Caesar is putting himself in a bigger shopping window,” explained Eve, a former T&T international and England based midfielder.
“If he (Caesar) does the work and prove himself, further opportunity of maybe a move to the (Major League Soccer) MLS or Europe could become possible. The international agent that’s handling Caesar is also seeing the move to the San Antonio Scorpions as a stepping-stone for Caesar. At present he (Caesar) is getting a better salary than in Trinidad and he is in a better shop window.”
Caesar joined the Scorpions on a one-year contract with the option for further according to Eve.
The Scorpions are also the employers of 29-year-old T&T defender Julius James and 27-year-old Dominican Republic forward and former W Connection star Jonathan Faña Frías.
Last season the Tobago-born Caesar scored 14 league goals, tallying the same as Willis Plaza (Central FC) and Joevin Jones (W Connection), and two less than leading scorer Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic).
“There is no doubt that Caesar will be missed at North East Stars,” admitted Eve. “He scored the most goals for us. But we must see our league as a development league. If coaches and chairmen here just want to keep the best players here, then there won’t be any real development. I know teams want to win but the development of players must be a high priority.
“Since I arrived at North East Stars two seasons ago, we have gotten contracts for seven (7) players and we were still able to compete in the league. The bigger picture should be the development of players,” ended the North East Stars coach.