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He is undoubtedly one of the most talented, stylish and skilful midfielders in the Caribbean and the CONCACAF region and could soon be a sigh of fresh breath at the Blackpool football club for the remainder of this season.


Having once torn up the Scottish nets while campaigning with East Fife in the First Division in 1995/96, Arnold Dwarika is now embarking on a possible new career on the English fields following the efforts of Pro Sports Caribbean to arrange a trial for him. Former England international Terry Fenwick and Peter Miller, now marketing manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Federation, were instrumental in making this possible.

He's graced the international fields in the Trinidad and Tobago shirt along the likes of Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, Rangers midfielder Russell Latapy, new Birmingham City hitman Stern John as well as others such as West Ham goalie Shaka Hislop, Livingston defender Marvin Andrews and Reading striker Anthony Rougier. Yorke and John have both admired Dwarika for his calm and collective approach to the game.

"You can never sense what he's going to do and then all of a sudden he picks up the ball and does wonders with it. It's quite a time to be a striker awaiting service from Arnold. He can be the perfect midfielder for you," said John.

"And the great thing about it is that he's so unassuming. You can look Arnold in the face and you'll never guess that he can be that deadly on the ball," the Birmingham striker added.

Dwarika was named Caribbean "Footballer of the Year" in 1996 and was voted on the All Star team of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup following a series of breathtaking performances as he led Trinidad and Tobago to the semi-final stage of the tournament. His goal in 1999 in a 4-3 victory over Colombia at the Orange Bowl in Miami will also be remembered for a long time by those who witnessed the encounter. He also notched a memorable double in a 3-2 defeat to the United States in a first round battle at the 1996 Gold Cup in Los Angeles.

Dwarika has for long been the main attraction of the Trinidad Professional League, being a household name in his native land while leading the forces of champion club Joe Public FC, a club owned by FIFA Vice President Jack Warner.
Now with a seven-day trial on at the ambitious Blackpool, Dwarika, the "Dreadlocks Master" who arrived there on Saturday, will be all too keen to show some of his magic. He is scheduled to feature in a training game against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.