Former Coventry City and Birmingham striker Stern John will definitely wear the colours of Sangre Grande based TT Pro League club DIRECTV North East Stars this season but according to Stars CEO Brent Sancho, they are still in the finalization stage of contractual agreements.
Sancho, a 2006 World Cup teammate of John, said that over the next few days, final details of the agreement will be revealed.
John is the second highest profile player to join the top tier Trinidad and Tobago Pro League since Russell Latapy two seasons ago with Caledonia AIA.
The 34 year old former England based forward is currently in a live-in training camp with the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Team under head coach Otto Pfister in preparation for Friday 02 September World Cup qualifier against Bermuda at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and Barbados on September 6 in Bridgetown.
Two Sunday’s ago John netted his 70th international goal for T&T in a 3-0 international friendly win over visiting India at the Port of Spain venue when he converted from the penalty spot.
Following the match, John confirmed that he will play in the Pro League saying that the League is a good one but lacks support.
John said that he eager to start playing in the League but urged fans to support the top local league.
John, T&T’s all-time top goalscorer, has been training with the Stars in the past two months having recovered from knee surgery.
North East Stars, winners of last season’s Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, will being the 2011-2012 Digicel Pro League Championship title hunt against newcomers T&TEC FC on Friday 9 September from 6pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Last season’s runner-up Caledonia AIA will go up against defending champs Defence Force from 8pm in the second clash of the Round One Match Day One Super Friday double header at the Macoya venue.
And on Saturday, Round One Match Day One continues with a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium with W Connection against St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm and Police FC against Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh from 8pm.