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Leverock shows goal threat for Narva Trans


Danté Leverock is turning out to be a real find for Estonian top-flight side Narva Trans.

The Bermuda defender has hit the ground running at his new club with two goals already under his belt in three appearances.

Leverock scored on his debut in his team’s 5-0 victory away to Kuressaare in their league opener and also scored the winner in Narva Trans’ 2-1 win away to Tallinna Kalev on Tuesday.

“It feels good to score but most importantly getting the win and keeping our good start to the season going,” Leverock told The Royal Gazette.

Narva Trans have won two and drawn one of their opening three matches.

“The club is ambitious to start competing for the league title once again,” Leverock said.

“The League is very physical, high paced and comparable to the USL [United Soccer League] level I played in [with Harrisburg City Islanders].”

The 25-year old has dedicated his debut season in Estonia to late stepfather Collins Smith, who died in a traffic accident last year.

“The whole season is for him and I just want to play well and make him proud,” Leverock said.

“He was most happiest when I was doing what I love to do.”

Leverock joined Narva Trans in January on a one-year deal after starting the domestic season with Robin Hood.

“They have welcomed me with open arms and I’ve settled in nicely and I’m able to focus on football and working hard for the team,” said Leverock, who was recommended to the team after impressing at a Pro Soccer Academy combine in Florida.

“We have a good group of boys that work hard and we are very close and help each other on and off the field.”

Leverock, who is a cousin of former New England Revolution and Bermuda winger Khano Smith, has adapted well to the harsh weather conditions in the Eastern European country, where temperatures can dip far below zero during the winter.

“It’s getting warmer, which is always nice.” Leverock said. “Compared to Bermuda standards it’s still very cold, but I have adapted.”

Leverock had another reason to celebrate on Tuesday as former club Hood secured a second appearance in the FA Cup final with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over holders PHC Zebras.

“I’m happy for the Robin Hood boys reaching another final and finally getting the win over PHC this season,” he said.