Tue, Jul

keon daniel5.jpgMidfielder Keon Daniel could be one of the next Trinidad and Tobago international to grab the opportunity of plying his trade in the English Premiership. Following this country’s August 20 2010 World Cup qualifier against Cuba, Daniel will head to West Ham United for a one-week trial.
The Tobago-born player, who once had a training stint at Manchester United, got word of West Ham’s interest from an associate of the club and after subsequent follow ups, the invitation was extended for Daniel to attend the trial. It is understood that Daniel was spotted at the T&T versus England friendly international on June 1 in Port of Spain.

Daniel though will be hoping to not only impress West Ham boss Alan Curbishley during the trial but he will also be keeping his fingers crossed over a work permit application once the club decides on making him an offer.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for me and it’s one I’m looking forward to. I’m not worried as once I get over there I will give it my best and show what I can do. Going over before I started playing for the national team may have been a bit strange but now I’m playing regularly and I have been to England before so this time I know what to expect in terms of the conditions,” Daniel told TTFF Media.

The former T&T Under 20 player mentioned that the “Hammers” were keen on having him over at an earlier date. “They actually wanted me to come earlier this month but I couldn’t because of the matches we have now leading up to Cuba. (So) arrangements have been made for me to go up after the Cuba game. If things work out for me… we also have to look at the transfer deadline which is August 31,” Daniel noted.

Daniel becomes the second player on the current national senior team being scoped by a Premiership club with Khaleem Hyland also being looked at by Portsmouth and is close to signing a contract depending on a work permit application.
On the topic of the national team, Daniel added : “Right now we are just focused on playing and training as much as we can because that is one main way of getting our game right. We are aiming to reach a certain level. I think we are on the improve and we are working towards an opening win in Cuba.”