Newly called up member to the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team Quinn Rodney has disclosed that he has been receiving consistent words of advice from senior team head coach Dennis Lawrence since the training camp ahead of upcoming friendlies versus Guadeloupe and Martinique commenced two weeks ago.
Rodney is currently among the players from Shiva Boys Hindu College in the provisional training squad including Judah Garcia and Tyrel Emmanuel.
According to Lawrence, Rodney had demonstrated certain qualities that he felt made the young man deserving of an opportunity to be in the National Team setup at this time.
And Rodney has spoke of his desire to live up to expectations.
“It’s been a great few days for me. It is my first time at this level and yes there is a difference with the speed of things, the fitness work and the generally how everything is done in training,” Rodney told TTFA Media. “But I’ve worked hard and I’m enjoying it. I’m picking up new things all the time and trying to include all of it into my game,” he added.
“At first it was a bit challenging because this is a much higher level to where I have played before but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do which was to get on the national team and now that I am here, my ambition is to stay in the squad or at least get more opportunities to be part of the training and keep on learning new things to improve my personal game,” Rodney said.
About his interaction with Lawrence and the rest of the technical staff, he said: “Yes they have all been very helpful. He (Lawrence) talks to be in every session and after every training as well. It’s a privilege for a player at my age to have this opportunity and I think it’s a big opportunity for any player to get here and hopefully seeing myself and the other young guys getting an opportunity will inspire other players from my age group in the country,” Rodney added.
The T&T team departs for Guadeloupe on March 20th for their friendlies against that country on MArch 23rd and Martinique on March 25th. T&T will also host Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium on April 17th.