Castle ready to seize his Scandinavian opportunity
Casey Castle, the Hamilton Parish and Bermuda midfielder, is on the verge of undergoing trials in Iceland and Finland.
The son of former PHC Zebras defender and coach Jack Castle impressed scouts at last week’s Soccerviza Auburndale Florida Combine in Orlando who are keen to have a further look at the midfielder.
“The combine went really well and I had a really good showing,” Castle said. “There were four teams there from all over Scandinavia and Spain and it looks like I will be invited to Iceland and Finland.
“My agent hasn’t told me which teams they are, but hopefully I can go out there and get a contract.”
Castle could potentially travel to Scandinavia around the same time Bermuda will play their World Cup first round qualifier against Bahamas in the Caribbean.
However, if push comes to shove the player has made it perfectly clear that representing Bermuda will take priority over his personal ambition to become a professional footballer.
“If it does clash I will choose country over club any day,” Castle said. “If I do get picked for the national team I will see if the clubs will allow me to come back and play for Bermuda and then go back out there.”
The attacking midfielder played an integral role in Bermuda’s 2-0 shutout victory against Grenada at the National Sports Centre on Sunday.
Castle came on as a second half substitute and scored Bermuda’s second goal just three-days after returning from the Combine in Orlando. It was his third goal for Bermuda at senior international level.
“I was really buzzed about that because it’s always an honour to play for your national team and also an honour to score for your national team in front of the home crowd,” Castle said.
Overall, the 23-year old footballer was pleased with Bermuda’s showing in the two friendly internationals against Grenada who held their hosts to a 2-2 draw in the first encounter at the National Sports Centre on Friday night.
“We took the two matches as if they were actually World Cup qualifiers,” Castle said. “Our 2-2 draw on Friday would be at home and they got the two away goals so that meant on Sunday we had to win and we came out with the victory.
“I think on Friday we didn’t test them as much as we should have while Sunday’s performance was just a whole different mindset.”
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