Friday, December 15, 2017

Balthazar joins stepfather Carrington at Civic

Fresh out of Saint Leo University in the United States, midfielder Kariym Balthazar has joined his hometown club Point Fortin Civic and stepfather Reynold Carrington, who serves as head coach of the new Pro League club.

Carrington, in his challenge for the 2013/3014 Digicel Pro League title, utilised the mid-season transfer window by improving his squad.

Twenty-five-year-olds Balthazar and Amare Ettienne were included as fresh blood, while 21-year-old ex-Central FC Tobagonian defender Omarr Charles adds stability at the back, and 32-year-old former T&T youth midfielder Sean Cooper boosts the experience.

Balthazar, who represented the “Saints” in the last three years after completing studies at Herkimer Community College, also had a brief stint with USL Premier Development League outfit Brooklyn Knights, while Ettienne was promoted from Fortin Civic Centre’s Southern Football Association team.

Also during the December/January transfer window, Carrington parted ways with veteran defender Lyndon Andrews and winger Keron Neptune, who joined Central FC, while attacker and a former youth teammate of Balthazar, Matthew Bartholomew is currently on trial in Vietnam with V-League outfit Hanoi T&T FC.

“In the first instance (our new signings) will give us depth,” said Carrington. “We came into the (TT Pro) league without even screening players, so as we went along we knew that we needed to add players to strengthen our squad.”

“We have promoted Amare Ettiene, who is the younger brother of our captain Andre Ettiene, from the SFA team. We have brought in Omarr Charles and the experience of Sean Cooper.

“Sean is a player with a lot of experience, and has played in Portugal, Brazil and most recently in Suriname. Coming with that experience says a lot. His personality is also great for the team and his teammates. He is no stranger to the players and community because he has family in Point Fortin as well... and I’ve known him for around 15 years.”

Cooper, who last represented Suriname’s