Bateau signs new 2-year Mechelen deal, Gay invited for trial

Bateau signs new 2-year Mechelen deal, Gay invited for trialEx-San Juan Jabloteh and Trinidad and Tobago U23 defender Sheldon Bateau has agreed to a new two-year extension with Belgium top division club KV Mechelen.

Meantime Caledonia AIA and T&T forward Jamal Gay has been invited for a 3-week trial at Mechelen beginning on Monday and ending February 16.

"I want to make a return to Europe," said Gay who had a stint with Germany's Rot-Weiß Oberhausen three years ago.

The 23 year old added, "This was one of my goals last year. The other one was to make the Senior Team and do well and i thought I did pretty well in some of the Caribbean Cup games. Hopefully now I can get the chance to return to Europe."

It is understood that the club opted to keep Gay beyond a week as to ensure the forward has sufficient time to adapt to the cold conditions.

While Bateau, 21, agreed to his new Mechelen offer last week and is delighted to be staying at the club until the end of 2014.

"They(Mechelen) had until March to make the offer but I think because of me doing pretty well at the club so far, they felt it was too long to wait before making me this offer," Bateau told TTFF Media.

"They actually offered another year on top of the two years but I preferred to stick to the deal we had discussed before which was two years. Maybe next season I can take up on the extra year depending on how things are looking at that time.

"Now that I've extended my contract the weight is lifted off a bit and now I can totally focus on playing my game and making this my home for the next two and a half years. I'm happy, my team is happy, the fans are happy and most importantly my family is happy,” Bateau added.

"So all thanks to God for giving me the strength and courage to perform under some tough circumstances and coming out on top so far."

Bateau is a former T&T Under 20 nd Under 23 captain while Gay, who also played at the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup alongside Bateau, was a member of the T&T Senior team that finished second at the 2012 Caribbean Cup Finals.