“Prior to this (call up), Super League players didn’t have a chance. I hope this would open the window.”
Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) leading goal scorer Keron Clarke was elated to receive his maiden call up to the Trinidad and Tobago Senior National Men’s Provisional Squad which will be preparing for a friendly international against Ecuador on 26 July 2017 in Guayaquil.
The FC Santa Rosa hotshot has already bagged 7 goals so far this season, including an immensely impressive hat trick against Club Sando Moruga and is hoping that his form continues into his time with the National Team.
“I’m off to a flyer right now! The goals are coming in and hopefully the form will overflow into the national team stint,” a brimming Clarke told TTSL Media.
He continued, “last season was a bit tougher, the goals were few and far between. But this season has been good and I just want to thank God. Its only through him that I have the talent and everything. ”
“And now, it’s a privilege just to get a call up…just even to be considered.”
Clarke has been a dominant force at the heart of FC Santa Rosa’s chase to win back to back league titles and the “Big Cannons” currently sit three points off of leaders Guaya United who have played a game more.
FC Santa Rosa Founder and Head Coach Keith Look Loy was equally ecstatic at his captain’s call up and even more so, what it represents in terms of opportunities for players in the TTSL.
“This is huge for the club and the TTSL” commented Look Loy. “It validates the work of the former and heightens the status and image of the latter. I anticipate more TTSL players breaking through.”
These sentiments were echoed by Clarke, who sees himself as setting the foundation and becoming an inspiration for younger players in the TT Super League to aim to achieve similar opportunities.
“I want all of the Super League players, staff, coaches, everybody and especially the younger players to use this as an opportunity, ” said Clarke.
“Prior to this (call up), Super League players didn’t have a chance. I hope this would open the window, especially for younger players to work towards…who might have a chance at a career (in football).”
The 31 year old Clarke continued, “the barrier that was holding back Super League players seems to be going. I just hope that everybody recognizes this and use this as an opportunity.”
Clarke is expected to travel with FC Santa Rosa to Tobago to face winless 1976 Phoenix FC on Sunday 16 July before linking up with T&T Senior National Men’s Team Head Coach Dennis Lawrence on Monday.
Lawrence has also received glowing praise from the members of the TT Super League community for Clarke’s call up with many labeling the inclusion as surprising, but bold and refreshing.