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Manders hoping for contract extension

Taurean Manders hopes Capital City FC will take up an option to extend his one-year contract which expired at the end of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) season.

The Bermuda international was a virtual ever-present this campaign and helped Capital to last weekend’s CSL championship final, which saw them lose 1-0 to Toronto Croatia.

Manders, who will join up with Bermuda’s squad ahead of their home double-header against Barbados, said he will sit down with the club’s hierarchy discuss his future shortly.

“I signed a one-year contract with an option for a second (year), so if the club want to extend it they have the right to do so,” said the versatile defensive player.

“But we will sit down this week and see where things go. Depending on how that meeting goes will determine, to an extent, where we go from here. Hopefully something works out for the good in a couple weeks or so.”

The 24-year-old has not ruled out returning to his boyhood club North Village for the remainder of the Premier Division season but hinted he could have other irons in the fire.

“Coming back to play for Village is not impossible but there are always factors that come into play,” he said. “I also may have a couple other opportunities elsewhere so nothing is certain right now. My focus now has turned to the last two World cup games against Barbados.”

Losing to Toronto was a bitter pill to swallow for Manders, who is believed to have been watched in that game by a scout from MLS side Toronto FC.

Manders said he felt Capital, who finished third in the regular season, were the better side but were ultimately punished for not taking their chances.

“It was a pleasing season. We feel could have gone all the way but it happens in football,” said Manders, the son of ex-Bermuda national team cricketer Andre Manders.

“(Toronto) had nothing in them to break us down but scored from a set piece which decided the game. We had a few chances to come back but they didn’t fall our way.”

Bermuda take on Barbados next Friday at 3pm, and Monday, November 14 at 8pm. For tickets visit www.bermudafa.com or flytix.com.

Taurean Manders (front) in action for Bermuda against Trinidad in Port of Spain in September. Manders is hoping to extend his stay at Canadian side Capital City FC.

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Published November 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated November 03, 2011 at 9:37 am)

Manders hoping for contract extension

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