Ataullah Guerra re-signs with Central

Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Ataullah Guerra.
Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder, Ataullah Guerra, has agreed a new one-year agreement with Central FC, which will see him represent the ‘Sharks’ for the upcoming 2014/15 season, inclusive of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship.

Guerra, who joined Central last January after returning from a spell in Finland with premier division outfit Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS), had a successful second half season with the ‘Sharks’, scoring 6 goals in 17 appearances, which coincided with a 17-game unbeaten run.

Guerra had helped Central, coached then by Englishman Terry Fenwick, to the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield title, and to a runners-up finish in the Pro League, qualify for the Caribbean Club Championship along with bitter rivals and champions W Connection.

According to a release by Central FC, Guerra considered returning overseas to continue his career, but after deciding to stay in Trinidad, he was only interested in one club.

The 26-year-old East Port of Spain talent is quoted as saying: “It’s great to be back as part of a winning team. I’m determined to help the club to become Caribbean Club Champions and qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.”

Central, which also won the First Citizens Cup last season under Fenwick, mutually parted ways with the former England and Tottenham defender at the end of the season.

Fenwick immediately joined Belgium third division outfit CS Visé and in July, Central announced the arrival of 63-year-old Serbian, Zoran Vraneš as coach.

Vraneš, a former T&T Men’s Senior Team, Under 23 and Under 20 coach, and former Joe Public coach, signed a two-season agreement with the ‘Sharks’.

“Central is a great club with big ambitions and great potential,” Guerra was also quoted as saying. “Although there were offers from overseas clubs, there is also a lot going on here in T&T to stay around for. I want to solidify my place on the national team and I believe that I need to play in front of coach (Stephen) Hart every week in the Pro League to achieve this.

“I was also concerned that many overseas players would not be called back for games. By returning to Central, I know that I can win trophies and keep in coach Harts’ thoughts and, well, home is where the heart is – no joke intended! But I also know that Central will promote me overseas so that if I do decide to play outside Trinidad, the club will help me.”

Central FC managing director and former T&T international, Brent Sancho, said the club had received inquiries from a Major League Soccer (MLS) club earlier this year on Guerra, but, surprisingly, the midfielder opted to help the team qualify for the Caribbean Club Championship.