T&T international midfielder, 26-year-old Nathaniel Garcia has signed with Indian I-League club Gokulam Kerala for the 2019-2020 season making the move from Pt Fortin Civic FC, which finished eighth in the 2018 T&T Pro League.
Nathaniel becomes the third player from the T&T to sign for Gokulam Kerala following the footsteps of Andre Ettiene and Marcus Joseph Jr, who both featured in the 2019 Durand Cup title-winning squad with the latter bagging the top goalscorer award after scoring 11 goals in five matches.
Garcia made his debut for T&T last year coming off the bench in a friendly against Martinique and was also a part of the national team squad which played two Concacaf Nations League A matches against Martinique but remained as an unused substitute.
So far in his club career, he has played in the CONCACAF Champions League against US Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Sporting Kansas City and won three successive T&T Pro League titles with Central FC.
Continuing their pre-season preparations after winning the Durand Cup, Gokulam Kerala will visit Maharashtra to play friendly against ISL side Mumbai City FC on Friday. They will take on Bengaluru FC next followed by Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC.
Looking ahead to the new season, Joseph has set his eyes on the I-League.
"It was a good feeling to be the top scorer of Durand Cup. If you don't score goals, you don't win matches."
Joseph was the top goalscorer in the 2018 T&T Pro League, where he netted 18 goals for W Connection and helped them win the title and the 28-year-old hopes to replicate the same with Gokulam Kerala in the I-League this season.
He said, "Yes, I can become the top goalscorer in I-League. I always do my best to score goals and help my team. My goal is always to score goals and be the best player that I can be."
Reflecting on his display for T&T in the 1-1 draw against Martinique in CONCACAF Nations League encounter, Joseph said, "It is always a great feeling to play for your country. If you represent your country, it means you are one of the top players (in your country)."
Alongside Marcus, the other T&T players who featured in the squad were Garcia (Gokulam Kerala), Daneil Cyrus (Mohun Bagan), and Marvin Phillip (NEROCA).
The quintet of Radanfah Abu Bakr (Churchill Brothers), Robert Primus (Churchill Brothers), Taryk Sampson (NEROCA), Willis Plaza (Churchill Brothers), and Andre Ettiene (Gokulam Kerala) are some other players from the Caribbean nation who will also ply their trade in this season's I-League.
In terms of setting targets for the pre-season, Joseph said, "I don't have any target on the number of goals I wish to score in these pre-season games.
"Once I get a chance, I will score. If I get one chance, I will score one. If I get two, I will score two. If I get three, I will score three. This is how football is. You just take your chances. These are just warm-up games. You want to see how fit you are and at what level you are. All these teams are top teams. So, you have to give good performances against them," he signs off.