Former Trinidad and Tobago U20 and St Anthony’s College attacker Lester Peltier is after the strong possibility of entering a six month deal with Belgium First Division outfit, Club Brugge KV.
The 20 year old, CLICO San Juan Jabloteh player hailing out of Carenage is expected to leave for Belgium following Trinidad and Tobago’s National Senior Team warm-up match against Panama next Wednesday in which T&T head coach Francisco Maturana has requested his services.
Peltier’s newly acquired agent, Dutchman Greg Orre, is expected to begin negotiations with Jabloteh when he arrives in Trinidad within the next week according to the player. Peltier is still serving out a 3 year contract signed with Pro League champions Jabloteh which have two remaining years.
Once a financial agreement (trasfer fee) is made between Orre and Jabloteh, Lester’s six month deal with Club Brugge will then be finalized pending a fitness test which is due upon arrival in Belgium.
“My best friend (Khaleem Hyland) is over there and he said that it is really interesting to play there. I know I’ll be turning 21 soon and to some it might seem in a bit to old making my (playing) debut in Europe but I’m looking to put my best foot forward into become a professional,” said Peltier, who is closely followed by English Premiership club Portsmouth after a failed work permit application last year.
Hyland, Lester’s former Jabloteh teammate, and also linked to Portsmouth is currently serving a six month loan deal with Belgium First Division club Zulte Waregem.
“I’m hoping that during my stint there (at Club Brugge) I can score some goals, impress the coach and secure a long-term contract.”
Peltier had success over the past few years at Jabloteh from youth to senior team football. In 2007 and 2008 Peltier enjoyed success in the Pro League championship. However the player believes its time to take his career to another level.
“It was good to play at the highest level in Trinidad for the past three years after coming out of school.
“I had a great time at Jabloteh. It was interesting in my three years playing under Terry Fenwick and although I can’t say what the furture holds for me and the club…I can say that I had a really good time playing for the club.”
Peltier was close to completing a reported four year move to Portsmouth in 2007 after trial at the club but couldn’t conclude the deal after failing to obtain a work permit.
Heartbroken over his failure to obtain a work permit with Portsmouth, the Arsenal and Millwall trialist said that he always keep faith that one day his dream of playing in the English Premiership will come true.
Lester is also hoping to secure a place in T&T Senior Team squad in the near future and promises to lift his game.
“Coach (Francisco) Maturana said that I am young and that I am the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago. So I’m hoping that now that I will be playing in Belgium, which is a higher level…it will help me secure a spot on the national team. I am hoping to lift my game a next level and once selected by the coach I will make myself available.”