“I’m the best”
Morvant Caledonia United shot-stopper Glenroy Samuel became the second goalkeeper this season to be honoured as the Wendy’s Pro League Player of the Month, taking the gong for September.
MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers goalkeeper Cleon John won the honour for June.
Samuel’s performances this season in Morvant Caledonia strip including some brilliant shutouts against Point Fortin Civic in a 1-0 win at the Mahaica Oval during September didn’t go unnoticed.
“I’d like to thank to judges for noticing what I’ve been doing,” said the 27-year-old former North East Stars goalie who was honoured on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
“But first I must thank God, [also] my family and loved ones for giving me the extra push.”
Samuel, who was part of Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup squads in 2007 and 2009 respectively, has been in and out the National Senior Team over the years -- most recently on the radar of current Soca Warriors’ coach Dennis Lawrence who recalled the shot-stopper to the national set-up for recent World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico and the United States.
Through being an unused substitute in both recent WCQs including T&T’s historic win over the US on Tuesday, Samuel believes, “I am the best in the country at present.
“I’m at my peak right now. I work hard in every session and I am ready to give it my all for club and country.”
Samuel said his return to Morvant Caledonia has been positive and also credits the Eastern Stallions’ coaching staff headed by Jamaal Shabazz for his improvement in performances.
With Morvant Caledonia positioned fourth on the Pro League standings and six regular league games left, Samuel wants to help his club to a top-three finish while challenging for the Cups before turning his focus to, possibly, a move to Europe.
Samuel and his Morvant Caledonia side will take on Club Sando today (Friday) from 6pm in the first game of a First Citizens Cup quarter-final double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium before defending champions Defence Force and San Juan Jabloteh from 8pm.
Wendy’s Pro League Player of the Month Season 2017
Cleon John (St. Ann’s Rangers) – June
Akim Armstrong (Club Sando) – July
Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United) - September