White hoping to continue pro journey

  • Learning curve: William White, the Bermuda defender, is eyeing a move to a club in the US or Canada

    Learning curve: William White, the Bermuda defender, is eyeing a move to a club in the US or Canada

William White has parted ways with Finnish club Narpes Kraft and hopes to move to a professional club in the United States or Canada.

The Bermuda defender turned professional with Narpes Kraft at the start of the season and scored his first professional goal in a 3-1 win over PK-37 last month.

His side struggled, however, and suffered relegation after finishing eleventh in group C of the Kakkonen — the third tier of Finnish football.

“My overall experience was a good one,” White said. “I learnt a lot of lessons about being a professional. As a team, we didn’t have much success, but I believe everything happens for a reason.

“I started off the season well and then had a little dip in form. Towards the end of the season I thought I started to play really well.

“Overall, the team’s performance was not reflective of the quality of players we had.”

The 23-year-old has now set his sights on a move to a club in the United Soccer League — the second tier of football in the United States — or the newly formed Canadian Premier League, which is scheduled to launch in April.

“The whole idea of going to Narpes Kraft was for me to get professional games under my belt,” White said.

“My agent and I discussed that it wouldn’t be a place where I wanted to make a career but simply a starting point.

“I’m hoping to sign somewhere in North America, but if I have to go back to Europe to continue my career then that’s what I have to do.

“I’m hoping some USL and CPL teams show some interest. The [USL] season is still going right now, so I won’t hear anything solid until December.”

White was an unused substitute in Bermuda’s 12-0 home win over Sint Maarten in the Concacaf Nations League qualifier last Friday.

He believes the emphatic win sent out a “statement” after the island’s disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Aruba in their opener last month.

“Our start against Aruba was disappointing and we knew that as a team,” said the former Somerset Trojans player.

“We wanted to make a statement in our second game and I think we did that. A big test is next [at home to El Salvador next month] and I’m confident we have the personnel to pass that test with flying colours.

“If we play with pride and a ruthless mentality, like we did in our last game, we will get a positive result.

“We really appreciated the support we got [against Sint Maarten] but we’re hoping even more people come out and support us. It gives us that extra boost needed to win these type of games.”

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Published Oct 18, 2018 at 12:01 am (Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm)

White hoping to continue pro journey

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