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Darryl Trim has a few things in the works. Voted the 2010 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Most Valuable Player and having now finished school, 19-year-old Trim was recently in Trinidad training in the off-season.

"I came to Trinidad to sharpen up because I'm getting ready to go on a trial," Trim said. "I'm just working on my fitness because I'm looking to go out there. Maybe to England or America or Europe."

While in Trinidad, Trim worked with T&T Pro League club North East Stars. Trim made the link with Stars through their chief executive officer Brent Sancho, who made his acquaintance during a SSFL match, where Sancho is a regular.

Trim hails from Bagatelle, Tobago and hopes one day to make it as big as the island's best known footballer, former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke. He began playing with 1976 Phoenix FC in the youth league, later transferred to St Clair Coaching School and then to Signal Hill Secondary.

Trim played as a striker and his 14 goals helped Signal Hill to the SSFL Tobago Coca Cola Inter-Col crown and the National Inter-Col title. He led a revival for the Tobago school which was once among the most formidable SSFL teams in Yorke's days.

Trim scored some vital goals for Signal Hill last year, getting the winner as they conquered Naparima College 2-1 to lift the Coca Cola InterCol title at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. He also got the winner in a 2-1 victory over Arima at the semi-final stage.

Off the field, Trim picked up four SSFL awards in 2010, including being named the league's best striker and Most Valuable Player.

For him, the schools MVP award was not a surprise, having worked very hard. But he said his success has brought joy to his family, friends and neighbours.

"Everybody was glad and really supported me because they really want somebody from Bagatelle to make it and show what Bagatelle can do," he said.

His school days now behind him, Trim has a greater mission.

"My goal in life is to be successful," he declared. "I want to do this especially for my mother because she is the one who's pushing and supporting me all the time...through football, school, everything.

"At this point my goal is to be both a footballer and to get my qualification," he said. "If the football thing don't work out right away, I am willing to go out there with a college and get qualification in sport training and then maybe working on being a professional footballer later on."

Trim said his love for football came through his father, who used to take him out when he played.

On the sidelines, young Trim would play with the ball, eventually becoming so good he joined a team.

Trim gives his strong points as a footballer as being strength, speed and finishing. And like another Tobago boy, Daneil Cyrus, he hopes to get on the national team soon.

And one of the players he really admires is Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.

"Rooney is a very hard worker," Trim said. "That is something I want to incorporate in my game."