|T&T'S PAUL SOAKS UP THE SUNDERLAND EXPERIENCE
Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Leston Paul will get the chance to mingle with Sunderland's Premiership players including T&T's own Carlos Edwards, Dwight Yorke and Kenwyne Jones when he and seven other Caribbean players attend the club's League encounter with Manchester City.
Paul, courtesy of the Digicel Kick Start clinic has been at the Academy of Light since last Saturday.
The eight Digicel footballers were greeted by unseasonable snow as they landed at Gatwick in London on Sunday April 6. The boys then headed to Sunderland by train to begin training at the Academy on Monday April 7
The Sunderland stint was pushed back on two occasions and Paul, on each occasion missed out on representing the T&T Senior team. Twice he was excused from the hectic training schedule with T&T before late delays regarding the Sunderland trip occurred. However since his arrival there, the trip has been well worth it so far, according to the T&T Under 17 ex-captain. "It's been a really good trip so far and I'm taking everything from the experience with me," he said.
On Day one Andrew Murray (Guyana), Joseph Guemsley & Renaud Brisley (Haiti), Gerard Williams & Devaugn Elliot (St. Kitts), Emilio Limon (Suriname), Paul (Trinidad and Tobago) and Akeem Brown (Jamaica) were greeted by Ged McNamee, Sunderland AFC Academy Director. Each Digicel player received Umbro training kits, given the club rules and regulations and underwent fitness training and tests. Due to the snow, the boys were unable to train outside and were taken to an indoor pitch to train with the Sunderland reserve team.