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Photo: Trinidad and Tobago left back Keston Julien celebrates his goal against Guatemala in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. (Courtesy MexSport/CONCACAF)

Eighteen year old Trinidad and Tobago national youth team left back Keston Julien will represent mid-table Slovakia outfit, AS Trenčín, this season after he completed his move to Europe today.

Julien transferred to Trenčín from Pro League outfit, San Juan Jabloteh. His move was negotiated by Netherlands agent Humphry Nijman and his local representative Dion Sosa.

Julien, a former Presentation College (San Fernando) student, was a member of the current Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team but skipped the ongoing CONCACAF competition to attend pre-season with the Slovakian club. In return, Trenčín rewarded the teenager with a 14-month deal.

Julien follows in the footsteps of former Jabloteh players Robert Primus and Sheldon Bateau, former Marabella Family Crisis Centre winger Levi Garcia and the late Akeem Adams—a former Point Fortin Civic left back—who all secured deals in Europe after being scouted by Nijman and Sosa.

The composed left back made his senior international debut at just 16 years old when he debuted for W Connection in a 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League defeat away to Mexican champions Santos Laguna on 4 August 2015.

But his time with the “Savonetta Boys” was short-lived, as he returned to the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) competition with Presentation before leaving for Super League outfit, Marabella, and then Jabloteh.

He spent barely six months at Jabloteh before Trenčín decided he was ready for Europe.

Julien will wear the number three shirt for the cosmopolitan Slovakian club, which has three Nigerians, two Brazilians and an Argentine on their roster.

Garcia, who was also eligible to represent the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team but was not released by his employers, scored AZ Alkmaar’s lone goal today as they were routed 7-1 by France powerhouse team, Lyons, in UEFA Europa league action.