senior national striker Darryl Roberts arrived at Sparta
Rotterdam yesterday to begin his 18-month contract and will
take part in his first training session with the Dutch Premier
Division club today.
The 23-year-old agreed to his new contract with Hollands
oldest professional club last month but only left T&T
on Tuesday after obtaining his work permit the previous
His deal was done through the efforts of MLF Sports with
agent Heather Mac Kenzie involved and she was also there
to ensure Roberts arrival at the club was a smooth
A soft spoken Roberts said he was looking forward to his
first session with reserves on Thursday but has been assured
by Rotterdams head coach, Willjen Rooulet, that he
will be in line for selection for the first team which has
eight games to go in the current season.
arrived today and things have gone smoothly so far. I have
my first training session in the morning and thats
when things really start kicking, Roberts said on
welcome was a warm one and now its a matter of settling
at the club itself. The manager wants to see how well I
have eight more games this season and I think my selection
will depend on how I perform in the training sessions. There
will be a eleven v eleven tomorrow and the coaches will
be looking on.
know I have to perform to make the first team, added
Roberts, who is also an ex-Fatima College player and recently
turned down a draft pick with new MLS team Toronto FC.
The former Malta Carib Alcons trainee and Liberty College
striker went on to say getting into the European football
was a major breakthrough for him as he sees it a step up
in term of the level of preparations he expects to undergo.
now its also about gaining experience for me. I am
willing to work hard and see what happens from there. Just
getting into a club like this in Europe is a good step.
Its a first step for me and I know there will be a
lot more to go after, he said. He is expected to be
given his shirt number later this week.
Roberts comes from family with a sporting background; his
grandfather, Roland Cleveland was a footballer with Cyclones
and a referee from Arima. His father Wayne Roberts was also
an avid footballer and his mother Cheryl is a former netballer
and is the current physical education teacher at St Josephs
Convent, St Joseph.
The club was founded in 1887 but only turned to football
a year later after several ex-members formed a cricket club
of the same name.
Sparta has won six Dutch National titles and the Cups.