Sharks snap up talented Nathaniel Garcia

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Saturday 24 May 2014

Digicel Pro League runners-up Central FC, on Friday, announced its latest acquisition in talented 19-year-old midfielder Nathaniel Garcia.

Nathaniel is now the third teenager signed by Central within the month of May, after his younger brother 16-year-old Levi Garcia and 19-year-old Denzil Daniel both penned agreements with the club well ahead of the 2014-2015 season.

Nathaniel, who made a few appearances for the now defunct T&TEC FC in 2013 where he teamed up with brothers Levi and Daniel Garcia, made a reputation for himself as one of the most talented teenaged midfielders Trinidad and Tobago has to offer at present.

His creativity, braveness and ability to strike the ball well from distance can surely be an asset for Central, looking towards the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship with the hope of advancing to the Concacaf Champions League.

"Nat(Nathaniel) has been a target of ours since he played for T&TEC against us in our first season," said Sancho, Central FC's managing director.

"He first caught our attention when he played at Shiva Boys (College) and then for Siparia Spurs. He has progressed into a very exciting and intelligent young player."

Levi, who also represented Shiva Boys and Siparia Spurs, has also shown his intelligence in midfield and was part of the T&T Under 17 squad that participated in World Cup qualifiers last year.

While Denzil Daniel, another midfielder who represents the club at Under 18/Reserve League division, received promotion.

Recently, Central also announced that the club secured two-year contract extensions with 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago goalie Jan-Michael Williams, Tobagonian duo Rundell Winchester, 20, and Darren Mitchell, 24, and 38-year-old veteran midfielder Marvin Oliver.

Oliver, who turns 39 in August, and his new contract is expected to see the former Toyota/TT Pro League Player of the Year serve Central beyond his 40th birthday.

"We keep thinking that Marvin will run out of steam," Sancho said. "But he has more stamina than most of our young guys. He has been with Central since the beginning and is a fantastic role model to out younger players. He is Mr Central."

Sancho believes that his new additions will have the necessary role models to learn from as the club works on creating a "strong squad".

Central (45 points), led by coach Terry Fenwick, finished five points behind bitter Couva rivals and league winners W Connection (50 points) and ahead of third positioned Defence Force by goal-difference.

And also, in only the club's second season of existence Fenwick led the "Sharks" to the First Citizens Cup and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield titles.

The club also has five players—Jan-Michael Williams, Ataullah Guerra, Rundell Winchester, Yohance Marshall and Willis Plaza—with the Trinidad and Tobago squad preparing for high profile upcoming friendlies against Argentina (June 4) and Iran (June 8).

However Central presently stands without a coach following Fenwick's decision to move to Belgium with lower division outfit Cercle Sportif Visé on a three-year agreement.

The club is yet to reveal candidates for the coaching position, and apart from the numerous talented signings, contract extensions and transfers, the decision on its new coach will be the most interesting development.