Primus goes to Kazakhstan club
Feb 6. Trinidad & Tobago Express
Trinidad and Tobago defender Robert Primus has signed a three-year contract with Kazakhstani Premier League club FC Aktobe.
Primus who had been on trial in Turkey for the past month where several European clubs had been present holding screening sessions with scouts on hand, was offered the deal and had no hesitation in agreeing. bmobile San Juan Jabloteh head coach Terry Fenwick confirmed on Friday that Jabloteh had reached an agreement to let Primus go after a couple of deals had previously been turned down.
Primus’ local handler Dion Sosa was also delighted, saying: “We’re very happy and relieved that Robert is finally getting the chance to play in Europe. Ever since his showing at the Under 20 World Cup in 2009, there have been a few clubs knocking on the doors but we faced some obstacles and finally we’ve overcome that. He’s really looking forward to the experience out there now,” Sosa said.
Primus is scheduled back home on Tuesday before returning to join the club on a full time basis.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to experience European football and to play at a higher level. I’m thankful for the opportunity and hopefully I can continue to develop and lift my game which in the long run will see me become a better player to contribute to the national team and getting to another World Cup,” Primus told TTFF Media.
FC Aktobe are four time champions of the Kazakhstani Premier League and made it to the first qualifying round of the European Champions League in 2006/2007. They also qualified for the UEFA Cup the following season. They also reached a similar phase in the 2010/2011 Champions League and lost in the playoff of the 2010/2011 Europa League to AZ Alkmaar.
The 20-year-old Primus has three senior international appearances after making his debut in a 1-0 win over Panama in March, 2009. He was also a member of the T&t Under-17 team that appeared at the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea.