Soca Warriors utility player Joevin Jones’ move to US Major Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire has been given the full backing of his former club coach, St Lucian Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Soca Warriors boss Stephen Hart.
In recent years both coaches have played key roles, at club and international level, to help mould Jones to this current stage in his football life and speaking to wconnectionfc.com both gentlemen gave their perspectives on his imminent transfer.
With the Soca Warriors continuing to build towards the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Hart is particularly pleased that the 23-year-old Jones, the son of former Strike Squad defender Kelvin Jones will soon be playing in a more competitive environment.
“Joevin moving to Chicago Fire is a very positive move. I spoke to the coach Frank Yallop (Chicago Fire) about Joevin and told him he is a exciting prospect, who has the ability to play several positions, “ Hart said.
“Joevin needs to be in an environment that challenges him daily for selection. This compounded by a competitive league season, a hectic travel schedule and games which require full concentration, will prove beneficial to Joevin’s overall development, mentally, physically and tactically.”
When mid-fielder Hughtun Hector left W Connection in 2011 and later Shahdon Winchester, Charles-Fevrier and the “Savonetta Boys” faced a dilemma: how to score goals.
His decision to move Jones from his natural left wing-back position into mid-field, proved to be the antidote as W Connection won the Digicel Pro League twice in the last three seasons. Such is his versatility, Charles-Fevrier can only see the son of former strike squad defender Kelvin Jones getting better.
“I’m always pleased when one of our players goes abroad, since it will obviously improve their lives” said Charles-Fevrier.”I’ve generally impressed upon Joevin and all the club’s players to aim high and be ambitions. Most players have 10-15 year careers, some 20 if they are exceptional and take care of themselves.
“We (W Connection) won two championships with Joevin, after Hector and Winchester left and I made the decision to test the offensive qualities he showed at left wing-back, in mid-field.
“He had a huge effect as everyone knows and I personally believe that once he works on a few additional areas of his game - he has the ability to play for a real big club one day.”
Relaxing with his brother Alvin Jones and comrades in Carenage who are all excited about his latest football journey, Joevin noted that he is excited about joining the MLS that is getting bigger every year, and wants to make the Jones’ family proud.
W Connection unveils new 2014/15 season kit
W Connection has unveiled their new 2014/15 Season Kit for which replicas are on sale at its Pt Lisas club offices.
The jerseys which were custom designed and manufactured for the team by kit sponsors Canadian based Eletto Sport, was first worn by the team when they started their Toyota Classic campaign, which ended in a 4-3 penalty-kicks loss to WASA FC after a 1-1 draw.
The design features trademarks from other sponsors such as title sponsors DirecTV Caribbean, The Sports Company of T&T, Gatorade, Blue Waters and Earth.
Club President David John-Williams and Eletto Sport President Tony Incollingo articulated their satisfaction with the jerseys and encouraged fans of the club and the general T&T football loving public to get their hands on the limited replica shirts.
“Firstly I would like to thank Eletto. It’s a fantastic kit, that was designed and custom made for us, and it’s one of a kind” said John-Williams.
“The players are very happy with it and we’ve been getting many calls and interest via social media requesting to purchase and inquiring about the quality.”
Eletto Sport is Soccer specialty brand that manufactures a wide range of sporting products such as shoes, balls, protective gear, goal-keeper equipment, referee equipment and apparel.
The Company has been in existence since 2000 with their products in the markets of the USA, Canada and T&T, designing for fellow Pro League club Caledonia AIA and Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) club Rochester Lancers.
“We are proud of the design of the 2014/15 Eletto Kit for W Connection which is perfectly reflecting both the dynamism and professionalism of W Connection on the international stage” said Incollingo.
“Eletto Sport is 100 per cent behind the team and wishes W Connection all the best for the 2014/15 season in all competitions.”
The green replica shirts are currently on sale for $300 at the club office, with the white replicas scheduled to arrive next week. Should patrons purchase five or more, they will be eligible for a special discount.