Dutch club AZ unveils Trinidadian teenager Levi Garcia

Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 midfielder Levi Garcia, right, has signed a multi-year deal with Dutch Eredivisie club Alkmaar Zaanstreek
Friday 20 February 2015
Netherlands top flight club Alkmaar Zaanstreek today unveiled 17-year-old Trinidad and Tobago footballer Levi Garcia as one of the Dutch Eredivisie outfit newest signings.

However Garcia, who penned a three-year deal, will only be able to commence his contract -- which includes an option by the club for a further two years -- when he turns 18 on November 20.

The Santa Flora-born Shiva Boys College student had signed with Central FC during the pre-season but never played a competitive match for the "Couva Sharks". Instead his agent and club were locked in a brief contractual dispute before he was released as a free agent.
“I’m delighted to have signed my first overseas professional contract," said Garcia. "It has not been an easy journey but I worked hard and I continued to believe.  I want to thank everyone who supported me in Trinidad and Tobago, my family, my friends and my teammates and past coaches.  I want to also thank my agent Humphrey Nijman and Dion Sosa for all their efforts and support."
Former US international and current AZ technical director Earnie Stewart commented on Garcia, saying, "He has great speed, a good understanding and a powerful shot in his left foot. We see him mainly a promise for the future."

Levi, the youngest brother of three talented footballers -- Daniel and Nathaniel the others -- is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 squad.

Last year Levi credited his eldest brother Daniel as his footballing influence, saying, "He (Daniel) is always there for me. If I have to go training or to a game he will get the taxi or rent a car for me to get there. He pushes me all the time to do better."

The teenager also said “Jesus first and everything else after" as his daily inspiration.