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Bermuda Hogges are lining up a swoop for former Trinidad and Tobago international Marlon Rojas as they look to bolster their squad for the coming season.

The tough tackling midfielder won 23 caps for his country and was part of their history-making team which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Rojas is sure to be one of a number of new faces to join the Hogges with coach Kyle Lightbourne also running the rule over Boulevard's Chae Simmons, Dandy Town Hornets' Antwon Russell, PHC pair Keston Lewis and Tokia Russell as well as Hot Peppers' Jamie Smith.

But the most intriguing addition would undoubtedly be Rojas whose football résumé includes stints at MLS side Real Salt Lake and Trinidadian powerhouse Joe Public F.C.

The 29-year-old won the First Division title with Somerset Eagles this season and believes his vast experience could help the Hogges evolve from basement strugglers into a force to be reckoned with.

"Once I get fit I think I can really help the Hogges," said Rojas, who along with compatriot Lewis would be the Hogges' first non-Bermudians.

"I think the Hogges can get results this season and if I play I want to get results.

"The trick is for the team to become a collective and not a bunch of individuals.

"There's no shortage of talent in Bermuda but there are probably too many individuals on the pitch."

Rojas had been a regular starter for Trinidad during their World Cup qualifying journey but lost his contract at Real Salt Lake due to the number of matches he was missing while on international duty.

It robbed him of a place in the Soca Warriors' World Cup party which included his close friend Carlos Edwards, of Sunderland, ex-Manchester United ace Dwight Yorke and former Premiership striker Stern John.

"Missing out on playing in the World Cup was a massive blow for me," said Rojas, who went on to play for Atlanta Silverbacks in the USL-D1.

"I had been a regular starter but then there was a dispute because I was away so much with the national team and I lost my contract at Real Salt Lake.

"As I wasn't playing I then lost my place in the Trinidad team as well.

"I guess there were a number of hiccups for me.

"Eventually I fell back on my education and followed my wife Shimiqa to Bermuda.

"Someone mentioned to me that I should give the Hogges a go and I've been training with them for a while."

Rojas featured in Bermuda Hogges' 4-0 victory over Bermuda Under-23s at BFA Field last night.

Hogges helped themselves to a two-nil lead at half time through goals from Kevin Richards and Domico Coddington.

The second half saw both teams shuffle their line-ups around. The Hogges continued to dominate and they extended their advantage with strikes from new-boys Simmons and Antwon Russell.

The Under-23s squad included promising players such as Tumani Steede, Takehyi Walker, Roger Lee, Reiko Trott and Casey Castle.

Under the watchful eyes of Devarr Boyles, they enjoyed an encouraging first-half as they prepare for their series of matches against USL-D2 opposition this summer.