Midfielder Silvio Spann has found his way back home, and with no other club than DIRECTV W Connection on a one-year deal.
The 30 year old has been off the radar for the past 14 months job hunting in England and the United States while successfully completing a developmental coaching course in the US.
Spann’s faith finally led him back to the place where it all began as a youth player with the Couva based W Connection.
“I’m glad to be back at W Connection,” he told www.ttproleague.com last week. “I’ve never really left W Connection. I may have left in the flesh, but I was always there in spirit.”
In 1999 Spann left Connection to join Italian club Perugia Calcio and later moved to another Italian club, San Benedetto Calcio (2000-2001). Following his stints in Italy, Spann returned to Connection for a lengthy spell from 2001-2004 before joining Japanese club Yokohama FC(2005-2006).
Spann’s career saw many heights but crashed at the wrong time, when a hamstring injury forced him out of the historic 2006 T&T World Cup team in Germany after being named to the squad by then Head Coach, Leo Beenhakker.
Spann moved on to English club Wrexham FC in 2007 and later rejoined Connection in 2010.
Fourteen months later, Spann returns again. This time he is welcomed by a new generation of players with the trickle of the past, such as midfielder Clyde Leon, goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams and defenders Kern Cupid and Elijah Joseph.
The reigning Digicel Pro League Champion and 2011 CFU Club Championship runner-up, W Connection, is currently preparing for the CONCACAF Champions’ League group stage.
Connection hosts Guadalupe’s Xelaju MC from 8pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Trinidad on Thursday 2 August in its opening match.
“I want to congratulate the club on a very successful season in qualifying for the CONCACAF and winning the Pro League. I think the club deserves a round of applause for its efforts,” added Spann.
“I think coming back with my experience, I can add to the young players.
“I can bring other stuff to the team as well, but I don’t really need to bring much because I think if something isn’t broken, you don’t fix it. And I think that the team has done really well and they deserve credit for this.”
Spann hasn’t given up hope on returning abroad as a player, but says his focus now, is on W Connection and the club’s aspirations.