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Swansea City Sign Defender Bakr

Swansea City Sign Defender Bakr

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation website is reporting that Abu Bakr has signed for Swansea City.

The centre back has played in Trinidad and Tobago's last two World Cup Qualifiers and he joins the Swans on a short term contract.

His agent Mike Berry, who represented former players Jason Scotland and Dennis Lawrence while they were here said:

"It`s great news for the young lad because it now allows him to play in a overseas professional environment every week.

Swansea is an ambitious club with top facilities and both Jason Scotland and Dennis Lawrence have been here before. Radanfah was also here on a try out some months ago and the club liked what they saw of him which has led to this eventual move,"

"He has worked real hard for this opportunity and deserves the chance to impress at a well organised club. This will also give him the confidence to establish himself in the T&T national side under Russell Latapy who I know rates the boy very highly.

He has the ability to become a great central defender and if he continues developing as he is, I am confident he will be and it is nice to see another young Trini making his way in UK football and the third at Swansea FC,"

The 22 year-old has made 5 senior appearances for his country and has also played for T&T at the Under 20 and Under 23 level.

The move has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Bakr has been on trial at the club before, back in 2007 when Roberto Martinez brought him to the club when he was 19.

Back then Martinez said about the player:

"He's a hugely talented centre-half,"

"He has that leadership characteristic that you don't find very often and we want him to have a look at the way we do things because we know he's going to have a huge future.

"He can't get a work permit at the moment, but we think he'll soon become available and he's a good one to keep an eye on.

"We're presenting ourselves to him and he'll probably play in a couple of games behind closed doors. It could develop into something in the next few months."

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Date:Sunday August 30 2009
Time: 12:17PM

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