Gay loaned to Finland’s RoPS

Trinidad and Tobago and Caledonia forward Jamal Gay
Caledonia AIA and Trinidad and Tobago forward Jamal Gay has re-entered the European professional circuit after completing a loan move to Finnish club Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS).

The 25-year-old Gay is the second Caledonia player to secure a move to Finland for the 2014 season after left-back Aubrey David joined FF Jaro—the club of another Trinidadian and W Connection forward Shahdon Winchester.

Gay had spent two weeks with the club, scoring in one of their pre-season matches in Sweden last month. He is elated about playing on European soil again since his stint in 2009-2010 with Rot-Weiss Oberhausen in the German 2 Bundesliga.

“I’m really excited about this new move back to Europe,” Gay told TTFA Media last Friday.

He added, “With prayer and petition anything is possible. I am very thankful for the opportunity given to me to be back in Europe. I worked very hard to get my career back on right path. I earned this contract by playing well in two friendly games and showing the coaching staff that I could bring something to he club.  I wish want to thank my family, friends and the Caledonia AIA coaching staff and players for their support and everyone around the national team who helped me along the way.”

RoPS, the former club of current Trinidad and Tobago and Central FC midfielder Ataullah Guerra, defeated KuPS Kuopio 2-1 in Helsinki to claim the Finnish Cup last September, a win that pushed them through to Europa League qualifying for next season. The club’s most notable achievement was reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1987-88.