Lester Peltier sold to bigger club
Trinidad and Tobago national team winger Lester "Corncurls" Peltier has been sold to Slovan Bratislava, the most successful team in Slovakia with the most titles in both the league and cup in the country. Slovan Bratislava became the first and so far only club in Slovakia to win a European cup competition--the Cup Winners' Cup--when they defeated FC Barcelona in the final in Basel in 1969.
Peltier, 23, has been sold by his former club AS Trencin and has signed a long term contract. Slovak club AS Trencin signed Peltier in 2011 from local T&T Pro League club Ma Pau. He made 32 appearances for them, scoring 12 goals along the way. Best known for his dribbling skills, Peltier became a favourite in the Slovak Premier League with AS Trenchin. In a release, AS Trenchin stated their regret in selling the T&T player, but decided it was in their best interest, since they might not have been able to hold onto him much longer.
"Peltier came into our club as a talented player and we are pleased that in the training process he developed under the leadership of our team. He has become an interesting player, and we concluded that now is the best time to sell him. We already had got offers in autumn last year, but then we decided to keep him in the team. We suspected, however, that after this season it will be hard to hold him in our club. "
"We received signals, even from the player, that he would like to change jersey. Lester was looking for a new challenge. If he does not have the motivation to continue to improve in our club, it is better to find a way for both sides," said club general manager Robert Rybnicek. "I understand that many fans are disappointed with Peltier's leave. On the other hand is upon us and the players, whom we believed, that we have hope to bring the positive energy same as it was during the last season. Although Peltier was one of the best shooters in Slovak highest league, our game has never been built on it. The team was not only dependent on his performances. We have always worked as a team and we will continue with that."
Meanwhile, Peltier said he was grateful for the chance to play in AS Trencin. Peltier had previously had a trial in England and was on the verge of signing a contract with former Premier League club Portsmouth as an 18 year-old, but was unable to secure a work permit. His chance to play European football came when AS Trencin signed him.
"AS Trencin gave to me a chance to start a career and I'm grateful for it. I improved, I learned a lot, but I still have a long way to go. Transfer to Slovan is a very important decision for me. It's like a new start," Peltier said. "I welcome the interest of such a large club. I spent more than a year in AS Trencin. Thanks from me is for the owner of the club Mr. La Ling and all the people around the club. The fans have always respected and supported me. I hope they will understand my decision. My career is developing. I still have many friends and respect for AS Trencin."