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Castle keen to get back into Bermuda shirt

Castle is facing a relegation battle with Loughborough Dynamo (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Casey Castle is chomping at the bit to slip into a Bermuda jersey for upcoming international friendlies away to Grenada.

The Loughborough Dynamo player has made himself available for selection and is looking forward to challenging for a place in the squad.

“I am looking forward to coming back to Bermuda and getting back in the squad set-up since I’ve seen we play Grenada,” Castle said. “We play Grenada in June, so that would be a good preseason game for me.”

In the previous meeting between the countries in March 2015, Bermuda won Grenada 2-0 at National Stadium, with Castle scoring the second.

The dates of the two matches have yet to be confirmed, but they will take place at Grenada’s National Stadium during the Fifa international window between June 5 and 13.

The Caribbean nation are ranked 25 places above Bermuda in the world rankings and have started preparations, as they have two games before the Bermuda series.

Castle, son of former PHC defender and coach Jack Castle, recently signed a deal keeping him at English non-League side Loughborough until the end of the season.

“This is a good opportunity for me and my career,” Castle said.

“I haven’t made my full debut as yet, but the gaffer knows of my qualities on the pitch and right now my goals are to improve my fitness and sharpness.”

Castle is one of two local players at the club, the other being Bermuda team-mate Roger Lee.

“Roger being here is the main reason I signed for Loughborough Dynamo, and with him being one of my close friends is a plus,” Castle said. “He is by far one of the best midfielders that I’ve played with.”

Loughborough are anchored at the bottom of the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier First Division South, some five points adrift of safety, with a handful of matches remaining.

“We have been playing good football, but haven’t been on the receiving end of the results,” Castle said. “Everyone is up for the fight, from the fans to the chairman, so we believe we can get out of the relegation battle. And the plus is that we have to play all the teams around us; we have quality to win out.”

Loughborough are away to eighth-placed Lincoln United today.