Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Brent Rahim has agreed terms with English Second Division club Northampton Town and will join the club for the remainder of the season on loan from Bulgarian side Levski Sofia.
Terry Fenwick, the former coach of the local club champions CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh grasped on the opportunity to sign Rahim after learning that his six-month spell at West Ham United ended this month.
Rahim, was originally carded to join Luton Town but according to the ex-St Anthony's College star, he is just relieved to have joined a club where he will play first team football.
"Definitely I'm just glad that things have been sorted out now. I know the coach of this club and it's like a fresh start for both of us. He's been very positive and playing for this club is something I'm looking forward to. It's just a matter of us finishing up some paper work and I should be playing for them by next week," Rahim told TTFF Media from his Essex apartment on Thursday. He is expected to move to the Marriot Hotel closer to the club later this month.
Both Fenwick and Rahim mentioned that the latest development should not affect the player's involvement with the National team for the upcoming Gold Cup qualifiers starting here on March 26. Fenwick was equally delighted with getting Rahim.
"I'm delighted that we've been able to sign Brent until the end of the season. I couldn't get his work permit transferred in time for this weekend but we should have him read for the big derby against Peterborough next weekend," Fenwick told TTFF Media.
"He's on loan to us from the Bulgarian club and I'm almost sure he will do well in this team. We see him as a player who is better than the standard in this Division and as such we are delighted to get him on board. We will look at the option of signing him full time as well and maybe look to get him out elsewhere.
Fenwick, who is also the representative for Pro Sports Caribbean, was responsible for Colin Samuel's signing with Scottish First Division club Falkirk. Samuel is now set to join English Premiership club Everton along with Falkirk teammate Lee Miller later this month. Fenwick also wants to have Nigel Pierre at Northampton.
"I'm also hoping to have Nigel up here as well because I think he can do well in this League. He's gone around too many times and this is now make or break time for him. Even though I've left Trinidad, I am still looking out for the country's football because there are a lot of good professionals there. There are a lot of people I've enjoyed working with and I will do my part to see where I can assist in their careers.
"I am sure Jabloteh and some of the other clubs will be sympathetic when I come and ask for their players," Fenwick added with laughter.
"I haven't forgotten Trinidad because I had two terrific years out there and I will maintain the contact with my colleagues and friends and hopefully we can share in some good business," added the former England international.