Jan-Michael Williams commits to Central till 2016

Central FC goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, left, puts pen to paper committing his services to the club until the end of the 2015-2016 season. At right is Central FC's General Manager Brent Sancho.

May 6, 2014

Central FC goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the "Sharks" which will see him through to the end of the 2015-2016 Pro League season.

The announcement, via a press release on Monday, comes as the 2013 First Citizens Cup and 2014 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield champions looks towards next season, although having two league games and the Digicel Pro Bowl remaining still to play this term.

"We are hoping to keep most of the squad together," said Central FC's managing director Brent Sancho.

"Players like stability and so do coaches," he added. "So in most cases we will be offerings two year contracts."

Williams, a Trinidad and Tobago 29-year-old international, joined Central last August and is already praised for a great season at the Terry Fenwick coached-club.

Williams previously spent the majority of his career at W Connection – the bitter Couva rivals of Central – but a verbal bust-up with coach Stuart Charles Fevrier led to him being frozen out of the roster and eventually dropped at the end of his contract in March 2013.

Williams then joined St. Ann's Rangers for a brief stint between April and May 2013 before joining the "Sharks" ahead of the 2013-2014 season.

Sancho, who rates Williams alongside the likes of former T&T international goalkeepers Shaka Hislop, Kelvin Jack and Clayton Ince, and Crystal Palace's Italian goalie Julian Speroni, said that Williams is "simply the best keeper in Trinidad" and also an asset to his club off the field.

"This season, Jan-Michael (Williams) has been coaching our youth teams' goalkeepers and visiting schools as part of out 'Football in the Community' programme," explained Sancho, a former Scotland and England based defender and T&T 2006 World Cup player.

"Jan is a great ambassador for [Central FC] and a natural leader in the dressing room."

Sancho added that the majority of the existing Central squad have shown interest in committing their futures to the Couva club. But the club has worked on marketing a number of players for overseas [contracts].
Nineteen-year-old Central FC Reserve team midfielder Denzil Daniel, left, has been summoned to the senior team. At right is Central FC's Youth Development Manager Kevin Jeffrey.
The Central FC general manager said that the club's ambition in having players secure foreign contracts has led to Central's need to acquire quality replacements, and was delighted to announce the additions of 16-year old T&T Under 17 midfielder Levi Garcia, and the promotion of 19-year-old Denzil 'Deo' Daniel from the "Sharks" Reserve team.

Daniel is available for selection this season, while Garcia, who last represented Siparia Spurs in the Super League, must wait till next season to don the Central kit.
Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick, left, gets a helping hand from 16-year-old midfield acquisition, Levi Garcia, as they proudly display the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and First Citizens Cup titles won by the 'Sharks' during the 2013-2014 season
"The great thing about Deo is that he's a local boy who has proved his worth in our youth system," Sancho said. "Only on [Sunday] Deo scored a 25-yard rocket against Jabloteh in the U18/Reserves. He will be a popular signing with supporters as he is from the Enterprise area and is well known in the football community."

Commenting on the acquisition of Garcia, a Shiva Boys Hindu College student, who made his Pro League debut last season at age 15 with the now defunct T&TEC FC, Sancho said, "Levi is a special talent. He is still young with much to learn, but at Central he has some great role models to learn from such as Ataullah Guerra, Leston Paul, Sean de Silva and Marvin Oliver.

"He(Garcia) hasn't been signed to warm the bench. We want to create a strong squad and Levi will be expected to compete for a starting place and push past those in front of him. He has the ability and the hunger to do that. I can't wait to see him in action for the "Sharks"."

Garcia represented T&T in all three of the U17 World Cup qualifiers last year, including the historic 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

"It's nice to see Central FC fulfill its promise to recruit local talent," shared Sancho. "We expect to see many similar stories over the coming years."

During the mid-season transfer window Central made a loud bang, snapping up the likes of T&T internationals Ataullah Guerra and Willis Plaza, ex-T&T Youth World Cups' midfielders Leston Paul and Sean de Silva, ex-T&T defender Yohance Marshall and Samuel Delice, adding to a cast that already included veteran classy midfielder Marvin Oliver, Jason Marcano, Rundell Winchester, Darren Mitchell, Dwight Quintero, Akeem Benjamin, Jamal Jack, Elton John, Keion Goodridge and goalkeepers Williams and Javon Sample.

The club, presently third on the Digicel Pro League standings with 41 points, must face San Juan Jabloteh (on May 6) and St. Ann's Rangers (on May 13) in it's remaining league matches. And will also be in action on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Digicel Pro Bowl.