By Shaun Fuentes
Trinidad and Tobago all-time topscorer Stern John has joined DirecTV North East Stars in training and could join the club on a short-term basis for the 2011 T&T Pro League season.
John, a former record breaking topscorer with Columbus Crew in 1998-1999 has been out of contract and is back in training after recovering from from operation to repair a damaged ACL having last played for Crystal Palace in the English Championship.
The likely move to Stars will be a definite boost to the club and will see John being the highest profiled striker to enter the League. It will also be welcomed news for T&T head coach Otto Pfister who at the start of his tenure with the national team, insisted that all his players in training be attached to a club.
“It’s definitely my intention to keep playing. I’ve returned to training and I’m feeling better at every session,” said John who has not counted out a return to the overseas circuit either in North America or Europe.
“I think I can still be an asset and I’ll be working hard throughout to give it my best and also to help some of the younger players around. I think if I can do well enough then I can definitely be around for the 2014 World Cup campaign and hopefully make a valuable contribution to the effort.,” added the former Birmingham City forward.
The 34-year-old John is T&T’s all-time topscorer with 69 goals in 109 appearance. He has also appeared for the likes of overseas clubs Columbus Crew, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Derby County, Sunderland, Southampton, Bristol City