White determined to succeed at Detroit

  • Taste of success: William White, centre, joined Detroit City late last season and was on the bench when they won the NPSL Members Cup after beating Michigan Stars 1-0 in Pontiac this month

    Taste of success: William White, centre, joined Detroit City late last season and was on the bench when they won the NPSL Members Cup after beating Michigan Stars 1-0 in Pontiac this month

William White said he is determined to make the most of his opportunity at Detroit City when he returns to “Motor City” for pre-season training early next year.

White joined Detroit late in the North Premier Soccer League season and was an unused substitute in their final three games, including a 1-0 win over Michigan Stars to clinch the Members Cup last week.

He had been looking for a club since leaving Narpes Kraft, where he spent the season in 2018 during which the team suffered relegation to the fourth tier of Finnish football.

“The move really came about from the connections I made with players during my travels, particularly in the United States,” the Bermuda defender said. “I got in touch with the coach [Trevor James] and asked if he was in need of a centre back and fortunately he was.

“I’m very much looking forward to staying in Detroit and making a name for myself in such a historic sports city.”

Detroit also finished top of the Great Lakes Conference, conceding just six goals in 14 matches, with White accepting he will have a fight on his hands to force his way into the starting line-up.

Next season the club will play in the National Independent Soccer Association, a professional league and third tier of the US football pyramid.

“Unfortunately, I joined the team late in the season and the back four was very solid,” White said. “They did not lose a game from June and did not give up too many goals.

“It has been both an honour and privilege to represent this club. A lot of credit goes to the coach Trevor James and whole Detroit City staff who believed in me and took a chance on me.”

White has an added incentive to impress at Detroit, having lost his place in the Bermuda squad before the Concacaf Gold Cup last summer and has not featured in any of their Nations League matches.

The former Somerset Trojans player was deeply disappointment to miss out on the island’s first appearance at the Gold Cup and is hoping for a recall to coach Kyle Lightbourne’s squad.

“It’s always the goal of any professional player to have success,” said White, who has made five appearances for his country.

“Losing my place in the national team or any team for that matter is hard, but as a player you just have to continue doing the rights things and most of the time an opportunity will come your way. I will always love representing my country and when called upon I know I will be willing and able to get the job done.

“Until that time comes, I will continue to work at my craft and become the best player I possibly can.”

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Published Oct 29, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 7:44 pm)

White determined to succeed at Detroit

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