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Kerry BaptisteTrialist Kerry Baptiste says he plans to make the most of this week’s trial with Town, an opportunity which he has waited for during more than a decade in football.

The 28-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international will be looking to win a place in the Blues squad alongside international team-mate Carlos Edwards.

Prior to flying out from Trinidad, the striker or right midfielder said: “It’s been 11 years now I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this and I intend to make the most of it.”

If Baptiste, who currently plays for Joe Public in his home country, impresses the Town management he wouldn’t be able to officially join the Blues until the transfer window opens in the summer.

Boss Roy Keane says Baptiste will be looking to emulate the likes of Arran Lee-Barrett and Shane O’Connor in impressing him enough to win a deal: “He’s due over this week, I’m sure he’ll be pleased with the weather. He’s due in for a few days.

“We’ll have a look at the boy, Carlos knows him. We look forward to him having a few days with us, like Arran had a few days with us or Shane had a few days with us.”

An international team-mate of Edwards and former loanee Stern John with 43 caps and eight goals, Baptiste was previously with Trinidad clubs San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars.

The striker or right winger is the all-time top scorer in the TT Pro League, Trinidad and Tobago's top division, having scored 102 goals, 48 of them coming last season.